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Do Short Physical Activity Breaks in Classrooms Work?


Physical activity can help children and teens maintain a healthy weight, but national studies show low levels of physical activity among children and teens. School-aged children spend more than half of their waking hours at school, making schools a prime location to increase physical activity among children. There are several evidence-based strategies for increasing physical activity at school.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Brief finds short physical activity breaks during the school day may improve student behavior and on-task behavior, and improve some measures of health. ILSI Research Foundation’s TAKE10! is mentioned as an school intervention program that helps.

To learn more, read the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Brief here.