Physical Activity

Physical activity plays a key role in a student’s overall health and well-being. Check out the resources below to help you develop a Physical Activity Plan for your school using the Comprehensive School Health Planning Approach.

In your Physical Activity Plan, try to include actions that influence all four inter-related healthy school areas. You’ll find some examples below:

  1. Teaching and Learning:
  2. Social and Physical Environment:
    • Promote additional ways to keep youth active (such as active celebrations, rewards, and fundraising):
      • Active school fundraisers, such as walk-a-thons or Jump Rope for Heart
      • Active field trip options
      • Active classroom rewards such as extra outdoor time, an active game, or a walk
    • Provide every student with an opportunity to be physically active:
    • Promote Active School Travel:
  3. Policies:
    • Daily physical activity (Policy/Program Memorandum 138)
      • Ensure that all elementary students have a minimum of 20 minutes of physical activity each school day during instructional time.
      • Complete the professional learning workshop Thinking Outside the Gym
  4. Partnerships and Services:

Want to address your students’ mental health in your Physical Activity Plan?

Did you know that physical activity not only benefits students’ physical health, but their brain function, emotional wellbeing, and mental health as well? For more information, check out this resource from AboutKidsHealth on the benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing.