Physical Activity

Active Classrooms: A Strategy of the Active Schools Minnesota Initiative

Physical activity breaks during the school day provide children and youth an opportunity to be active and take a break from sedentary activities in the classroom (e.g., sitting, reading). Physical activity breaks can increase daily physical activity levels of youth and leave them more focused and ready to return to their academic studies.

Integrating physical activity into classroom learning provides another opportunity to infuse meaningful activity during the school day. Physical activity in the classroom helps activate the brain, improve on-task behavior during academic instruction time and increases daily in-school physical activity levels among children. Classroom teachers have the potential to influence children's healthy behaviors and lifetime choices by including bouts of physical activity into the total learning experience,

Professional development and technical assistance about Active Classrooms is available. Contact Mary Thissen-Milder, Active Schools Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education, 651-582-8505 or Terri Swartout, Statewide Health Improvement Program Schools Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education, 651-582-8377.

Active Classrooms Resources

Physical Activity Breaks (Alliance for a Healthier Generation website)

In-Class Physical Activity Breaks/Playbook (Fuel Up to Play 60 website)

Brain Breaks (Michigan Department of Education website)

Indoor Fitness Breaks (Alliance for a Healthier Generation website)

Energizers for Middle School (North Carolina Department of Education website)

Energizers for Elementary School (North Carolina Department of Education website)

JAMmin’ Minute (JAM School Program website)

Adventures to Fitness (Adventure to Fitness website)