2015 - Research

Supporting Public Health Priorities

Recommendations for Physical Education and Physical Activity Promotion in Schools

KEY TAKEAWAY:

  • Walking and biking to school is an important part of multi-component comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAPs).

RESULTS:

  • CSPAPs can ensure that children reach physical activity (PA) guidelines through coordinated opportunities such as recess, intramural sports, interscholastic sports, classroom PA breaks, and walk and bicycle to school initiatives.
  • CSPAPs should coordinate across five components: quality physical education, PA during the school day, PA before and after school, staff involvement, and family and community involvement.
  • Promoting active transportation to school is a key recommendation for supporting PA before and after school.

METHODS:

  • This literature review identified key recommendations for physical education and PA promotion in the school setting.

Hills, A.P., Dengel, D.R., & Lubans, D.R. (2015). Supporting Public Health Priorities: Recommendations for Physical Education and Physical Activity Promotion in Schools. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 57(4), 368-374.

Authored by: 
Hills A.P.
Dengel D.R.
& Lubans D.R.