Lets move in School

Comprehensive School Physical
Activity Program
Let’s Move in School Goal
• To ensure that every school
provides a comprehensive
school physical activity
program with quality physical
education as the foundation so
that youth will develop the
knowledge, skills and
confidence to be physically
active for a lifetime.
• The American Alliance for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and
Dance (AAHPERD) supports the goal
of First Lady Michelle Obama’s
Let's Move campaign.
• Pledge to give teachers, principals,
superintendents, school boards, and
parents the support they need to
help our kids to become more
physically educated and active in
What is a CSPAP?
• Comprehensive School Physical
Activity Program (CSPAP)
• School districts and schools utilize all
opportunities for school-based
physical activity to develop physically
educated students who participate in
the nationally-recommended 60+
minutes of physical activity each day
and develop the knowledge, skills, and
confidence to be physically active for a
PE is the Foundation
• Physical education is the foundation of a
CSPAP. It is the academic subject that
provides standards-based instruction on
motor/movement knowledge and skills,
physical activity and fitness knowledge
and skills, personal and social
responsibility, and valuing physical
activity for its many benefits.
• Students become physically educated
through the provision of quality physical
education and a variety of opportunities
to practice and enjoy physical activity
both within and outside of school.
• Provide a variety of school-based physical activity
opportunities that enable all students to
participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-tovigorous physical activity each day.
• Provide coordination among the CSPAP
components to maximize understanding,
application, and practice of the knowledge and
skills learned in physical education so that all
students will be fully physically educated and wellequipped for a lifetime of physical activity.
Why Implement a CSPAP?
1. Evidence shows that physically active students have better
learning readiness, attention, fewer behavior issues, and
ultimately better academic outcomes.
(CDC. The association between school based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.)
2. Children and adolescents need 60 minutes (1 hour) or more
of physical activity each day.
(CDC. Physical Activity for Everyone; http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children.html.)
3. Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and
adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.
(From: www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html; data from the National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES).)
They are more likely than youth of normal weight to become
overweight or obese adults.
(From: www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/index.htm; citation: U.S. Surgeon General. Overweight and Obesity: Health Consequences.
Rockville: MD; 2001.)
Breaking Down the CSPAP
Physical Education
• Implement a standards-based
curriculum that includes a clear
scope and sequence.
• Identify clear objectives (i.e.,
psychomotor, cognitive, and
affective) for each physical
education lesson.
• Provide instruction in a wide
variety of skills related to sport,
lifetime activities, and fitness.
Physical Activity During
the School Day
• Include a healthy living tip or quote as
part of each morning’s announcements.
• Provide short (5- to 10-minute) physical
activity breaks during long stretches of
seated instruction.
• Provide all secondary school students with
drop-in recess activities so they can be
active during their lunch or free periods.
Physical Activity
Before and After School
• Create safe opportunities for students to walk
and bike to school in collaboration with
parents and community organizations.
• Open and supervise physical activity facilities
(e.g., weight room and fitness center) for staff
and student use before and after school.
• Organize physical activity clubs and
intramural sports to encourage physical
activity participation by students of all
Staff Involvement
• Conduct a staff needs assessment to identify
health-related needs and work with local
organizations (e.g., hospitals, wellness centers,
and fitness clubs) to address those needs.
• Hold walk-and-talk meetings with colleagues.
• Provide staff professional development on
creating opportunities for physical activity in
the classroom.
Family and Community Involvement
• Include physical education and
physical activity information on
the school website and in each
school newsletter.
• Invite community participation in
special events (e.g., Fitness Night
and 5K run/walk).
• Teach students how to use
community physical activity
resources such as the recreation
center, bike path, and boating
Let’s Move in School – Superintendents and
School Boards Toolkit
• For use by members of the school board,
superintendent’s office, and/or other school
district level staff to assess the district’s current
comprehensive school physical activity
• Once the current status is assessed, districts are
encouraged to set goals to improve their CSPAP.
• A model policy is provided for comparison with
current policy and for setting goals for
improvement in future policy.
CSPAP Inventory Results
# of “Yes” answers/#of total items
Intro Section
X/5 (3+ is adequate)
Physical Education
X/7 (*first 7 items are most critical
X/9 (5+ is adequate)
Physical Activity During School
X/5 (2+ is adequate)
Physical Activity Before and After School
X/9 (5+ is adequate)
Staff Involvement
X/2 (1+is adequate)
Family and Community Involvement
X/5 (3+ is adequate)
• Include any successful components,
highlights, surprises, success stories here.
Include any photos that you’re able to
gather of students engaging in physical
Areas for Improvement
• Include components that need improvement
here. You can list specific items within these
components that need improvement as well.
(Insert response to Question 4 from Goal Setting document)
• Component:
– Goal –
• Continued…
– Goal -
• Continued…
– Goal -
How Do We Keep Going?
• Continued use of
Let’s Move in School
toolkit and resources.
• Recognize that it will take
time to implement a CSPAP.
• Engage partners and
• Take one step at a time.
• Celebrate successes!