Schools play an important role in helping kids lead active, healthy lives. When kids are active during the school day with recess, classroom physical activity breaks and especially physical education, they reap both health and learning benefits. Unfortunately, only a small number of schools are offering enough time or opportunities for children to be active.
With support from the Physical Activity and Research Center (PARC), a team of researchers from San Francisco State University set out to learn more from elementary schools that are making it a priority to help students get at least 60 minutes of daily activity, which is what experts recommend. We asked Emma Sanchez, the principal investigator, to provide insight about the key findings from the study: Decisions to Act: Investing In Physical Activity to Enhance Learning & Health.