In addition to quality physical education (PE) programs, the following resources offer opportunities for incorporating physical activity throughout the school day.
- Let's Move in School
- ABC for Fitness
Activity Bursts in the Classroom shows schools how to restructure physical activity into multiple, brief episodes of activity into classrooms throughout the day without taking away valuable time for classroom instruction.
- Brain Breaks
Ideas about how to incorporate brief periods of physical activity into elementary school lessons on language arts, mathematics, and other subjects.
- Energizers: Classroom Based Physical Activities for Elementary School
Brief physical activity ideas for elementary school students from East Carolina University that can be easily incorporated into the classroom.
- Energizers: Classroom Based Physical Activities for Middle School
Brief physical activity ideas for middle school students from East Carolina University that can be easily incorporated into the classroom.
- JAMmin Minutes
A convenient way to routinely get ideas is to sign up for the weekly emails from the JAM (Just a Minute) School Program.
- Take 10
Grade- and subject-specific activities that promote 10-minute-long structured physical activity breaks during the school day.
- Peaceful Playgrounds
Ideas for playground games and management.
Resources, training, and support to encourage schools to facilitate physical activity and safe, meaningful play at recess.
- Recess before Lunch
A guidebook to scheduling recess before lunch. (See the Recess Before Lunch tab on the left.)
- Recess for Elementary School Students
NASPE's position paper on providing all elementary school children with at least one daily period of recess of at least 20 minutes in length.
This Massachusetts-based group provides a guide to setting up a before-school program that combines play, physical activity, team games, and short talks on nutrition to create healthier habits for children to achieve life-long fitness.
- Kids Walk to School
The essentials from the CDC - a quick start guide, a community presentation, and a train-the-trainer presentation.
- Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program
SRTS invites schools to partner with them in supporting active transport to school. The SRTS Program can provide technical assistance to school partners in setting up walking school busses, helping schools stage walk-to-school events, and providing training on pedestrian and bicycle safety.