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SPOTLIGHT on Physical Activity
Let the Games Begin: Recess at Thomasville Primary School Makes Every Student a Winner
 
A wellness team headed by Healthy Eating Active Living Coordinator, Alyson Shoaf embarked on recess reform, beginning with grant-supported training from Playworks.

SHAPE America believes every child in the United States deserves both a quality physical education and physical activity program.

SHAPE America recommends school-age children accumulate at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of physical activity per day while avoiding prolonged periods of inactivity.

SHAPE America supports faculty, students, teachers, fitness trainers, recreation instructors, and community leaders who promote lifelong and inclusive physical activity and recreation.

Is It Physical Education or Physical Activity?

Understanding the Difference

With heightened attention on childhood obesity prevention efforts, there seems to be some confusion between the terms "physical education" and "physical activity." Often the words are used interchangeably but they differ in important ways. Understanding the difference between the two is critical to understanding why both contribute to the development of healthy, active children. SHAPE America believes every child in the United States deserves both a quality physical education and physical activity program. Learn more.

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The 2018 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth


New! Parent Resources for Mind and Body!

 

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program


 

Learn about the five components of a comprehensive school physical activity program and how this new national model can support a culture of physical activity at your school.