School and Youth Programs
School and Youth Programs
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs use a combination of strategies to increase physical activity before, during, and after school. Components include physical education, recess, classroom physical activity, staff Involvement, before- or after-school programs, and family and community engagement. Schools can use the following multicomponent approaches to help students get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity:
Comprehensive physical education.
Physical education is a K–12 academic subject that provides standards-based curricula to develop the knowledge and behaviors for physical activity, physical fitness, and motor skills in students. Schools can develop and carry out comprehensive PE policies for daily physical activity. This will prepare students to be physically active at school and beyond.
Opportunities to be active before, during, and after school.
In addition to supporting quality physical education, schools can carry out recess and classroom physical activity policies to ensure students are physically active during the day. Physical activity before and after school might include physical activity clubs, intramural programs, interscholastic sports, access to team and individual sports, and physical activity in before- and after-school programs.
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schoolspdf icon [PDF-6.2MB]
This tool gives step-by-step guidance for schools and school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school physical activity programs.
Inclusive School Physical Education and Physical Activity*
This site gives schools and school districts information they can use to create an inclusive culture for physical education and physical activity in schools.
Increasing Physical Education and Physical Activity: A Framework for Schoolspdf icon [PDF-3.1MB]
This document provides school health professionals, school administrators, physical education teachers, other school staff, and parents with detailed information on the components of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program framework. It identifies key opportunities and resources for professional development to help schools implement the framework.
Infographic: Benefits of school-based physical activity
This graphic explains how 60 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can benefit a student’s health and directly impact teachers and the community.
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
This self-assessment and planning guide helps school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula based upon national physical education standards.
Strengthen Physical Education in Schoolspdf iconexternal icon [PDF-766KB]
This data brief helps schools and school districts define physical education, gives a snapshot of current physical education practices in the United States, and highlights ways to improve physical education through national guidance and practical strategies and resources.
Healthy Out-of-School Time Assessmentexternal icon*
This assessment helps school districts and school staff create healthier out-of-school time environments for kids. People can use this tool to track what they are already doing to support health and wellness at their site and to highlight opportunities for growth and improvement.
Integrate Classroom Physical Activity into Schools: A Guide for Putting Strategies into Practicepdf icon [PDF-4.1MB]
This guide provides key questions, activities, and practical templates that teachers and other leaders can use to help them adopt, promote, enhance, or sustain the strategies identified in Strategies for Classroom Physical Activity in Schools.
Strategies for Classroom Physical Activity in Schoolspdf iconexternal icon [PDF-3.3MB]
This document describes 10 evidence-based strategies school staff can use to promote and plan classroom physical activity.
Strategies for Recess in Schoolspdf icon [PDF-2.6MB]
This document shares evidence-based strategies that school district leaders and school staff can use to plan and provide recess in schools to increase physical activity participation and improve academic achievement (e.g., performance, behavior, attention).
*Can be used to help address equitable and inclusive access to physical activity