Physical Education & Physical Activity
Schools can create an environment that offers many opportunities for students to be physically active throughout the school day.
A comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) is the national framework for physical education and youth physical activity. A CSPAP reflects strong coordination across five components: physical education, physical activity during school, physical activity before and after school, staff involvement, and family and community engagement.
Physical education serves as the foundation of a CSPAP and is an academic subject characterized by a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum (course of study) that is based on the national standards for physical education. Physical education provides cognitive content and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for healthy active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy, and emotional intelligence. A well-designed physical education program provides the opportunity for students to learn key concepts and practice critical skills needed to establish and maintain physically active lifestyles throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. Teachers should be certified or licensed, and endorsed by the state to teach physical education.
Physical Education & Physical Activity Resources:
- SPARK provides research-based physical education and physical activity programs for Early Childhood Education, K-12 Physical Education, Classroom Activity & Recess, and After School Programs to help schools provide at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Click Here to view the SPARK resource guide to support CSPAP.
- CDC Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP)
- Getting Students Active through Safe Routes to School – Educators Guide
- Bikeology – A middle and high school bicycle safety curriculum for physical education teachers and recreation specialists
- Move More North Carolina, Recommended Standards for After School Physical Activity
- CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
- Standards for Healthy Eating in Out-of-School Time Programs
- School Specialty- Create Spaces for Active Learning
- School Specialty- Extend Learning Beyond School Walls