CDC and SHAPE America Release New Resources to Improve Recess in Schools
19 strategies to increase student physical activity
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Contact: CDC Media Relations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Population Health’s Healthy Schools Program, and SHAPE America (Society for Health and Physical Educators)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Strategies for Recess in Schools identifies 19 effective strategies schools can implement to increase student physical activity and academic achievement. Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice complements the strategies document by guiding schools through their development of a written recess plan. One tool in the guide, developed by CDC and SHAPE America, is a customizable Recess Planning Template to help schools use proven strategies to improve recess for students. Recess in schools benefits students by increasing their level of physical activity; improving their memory, attention, and concentration; helping them stay on-task and reducing disruptive behavior in the classroom; and improving their social and emotional development.