Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Physical Activity on Campus -- Here, There, and Everywhere, Part 2

Physical Activity on Campus -- Here, There, and Everywhere, Part 2

It's time to continue our ride on Route 60-6! Our destination? Sixty minutes of activity every day, and 6 opportunities to provide it to students on campus. They are: 1. Physical education class (structured) 2. Before school (usually unstructured) 3. Recess (usually elementary only, and unstructured) 4. Lunch break (usually unstructured) 5. PA integration with non-PE subjects (structured) 6. After school (structured via teams/leagues/intramurals, etc. and unstructured) This week, it's time to pop open the hood and take a good look at the first two -- physical education (pls note the respectful abbreviation = PE) and before school. Last time I mentioned that if all PE classes were really active (engaging students in moderate to vigorous physical activity -- MVPA -- at least 50% of class time. This is one of the Healthy People Goals 2000 Objectives) PE alone is highly unlikely to achieve the goal of providing students with 60 minutes of activity every day (60 min. a day recommended by CDC, SHAPE America, HHS, and others). However, PE is usually required, so it's a terrific opportunity to get a large portion of the 60 minutes, and we need to maximize it. So, how exactly do we do that? Read More