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School-Based Physical Activity and Physical Education



A school-based physical education curriculum for students in kindergarten through the sixth grade which included 3 weekly physical education classes consisting of 15 minutes of health-fitness and 15 minutes of skill-fitness as well as homework assignments to be completed with parents.


A college-based physical education curriculum consisting of 15 weekly 50 minute lectures led by one behavioral and one exercise science faculty member and a weekly 110 minute physical activity lab led by peer facilitators.

Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) Examples


Youth Fit for Life is a 12-week after-school physical activity program for children aged 5-12 years who are already enrolled in some form of after-school care. Components of the intervention include resistance training, cardiovascular exercise through noncompetitive activities, nutrition and health education, and behavioral life skills.


Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) aims to promote high levels of enjoyable physical activity among fourth- and fifth-grade students during physical education classes and outside of school. SPARK includes a physical education component and a self-management component.