It’s recommended that children get 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Physical activity has been proven to improve concentration and academic performance. Since children spend so much time in school, it’s the perfect environment to get some of their daily physical activity.
A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a coordinated approach for schools to create multiple opportunities where students can be physically active and develop skills to last a lifetime. The different components of a CSPAP include: quality physical education programs, physical activity opportunities before, during and after school, staff involvement as well as family and community engagement. The CDC has developed a guide to help schools create their own CSPAP and can be found on their website at www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/cspap.htm.
On March 20th there will be a free webinar entitled: Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Enhancing Student Health and Academic Performance. The focus of the webinar is to explain the benefits and components of a CSPAP, as well as discuss how schools can develop and implement their own program. A Physical Education teacher from Fayetteville Manlius School District will be featured in the webinar when he describes how their district successfully implemented the components of a CSPAP.
You can register for the free webinar online at http://www.phlive.org