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School-Based Physical Activity and Physical Education

Overview

This strategy uses school-based policies and programs to enhance the number of opportunities and/or amount of time for physical activity and physical education. Examples of curriculum changes are the incorporation of sports to increase the intensity level of physical activity, practice changes that require all students to move during class, and a focus on health education. Increases in physical activity could occur through introduction of or increased numbers of short activity breaks during class and before or after school or by reinstating physical activity class time during the day. Note: Physical education and physical activity are two distinct activities. Physical education (PE) should be taught by a certified PE instructor and should teach many specific sports and motor skills, among other elements. Physical activity (PA) is any sort of bodily movement and includes recreation, fitness, and sports activities. Both PE and PA are important. 

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 Child Care

 School (including university)