Bringing Physical Activity into the Classroom
Developed by the ILSI Research Foundation with the assistance of health professionals and education experts, TAKE10 engages students in 10 minutes of physical activity while reinforcing specific academic objectives in math, reading, language arts, science, social studies, and nutrition and health.
Through the integration of movement, nutrition and health with core academic content, TAKE10 promotes physical activity, healthy eating, and learning in a fun and creative way. The program:
On June 11, 2019, Debbie Kibbe, former Director of the Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Program for the ILSI Research Foundation, received the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) Lifetime Achievement Award. Given annually to up to five individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide, the award honors Ms. Kibbe for her work on the advancement and promotion of physical activity, fitness, and nutrition for children, research in healthcare, education, and community settings, as well as for leading "the development of TAKE10, a classroom-based program that integrates physical activity with nutrition and academic concepts, in the U.S., Brazil, and China."
Debbie is currently Senior Research Associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University. She is a founding faculty member for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics certificate program on child and adolescent overweight, now in its 15th year, and a 10-year member of the Southern Obesity Summit planning committee. She has been a leader in Georgia’s childhood obesity efforts since 1999 and helped educate state leaders, leading to the passage of the Georgia Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Act.
This journal article evaluates environmental obesogenic-related factors, such as physical activity in neighborhoods and schools, nutritional behavior, and intervention programs.
This paper assesses the efficacy of two school-based programmes designed to promote students’ willingness to engage in lifestyle changes related to eating habits and physical activity behaviours.
Prescribed physical activity/exercise training may reduce non-exercise physical activity resulting in no change in total daily energy expenditure and no or minimal exercise-induced weight loss.
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.
Current literature supports the link between physical activity (PA) or fitness and a child’s ability to achieve academically; however, little structured activity time is incorporated into elementary school classrooms. This paper explores the impact of a classroom-based PA program, TAKE 10!, and health-academic integration through existing state and federal policy and programming.