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Establishing an active school is an important step toward ensuring opportunities for movement throughout the school day are weaved into the school culture and fabric. While the extensive benefits of physical activity are well-established, there is a substantial need for time, support, resources, and effort to establish an active school culture. Therefore, we believe schools should be recognized for their hard work!
The school recognition process has several layers, including the opportunity to earn points for implementing evidence-based practices, awarding badges for attaining benchmarks within each of the elements, recognition for achievement across elements, and receiving awards for earning Active School recognition status.
To earn school recognition, schools must submit an application for review. Applications are reviewed three times per year (August, December, and May), so all practices implemented to-date of each application period will be included in the application.
Learn more about the process and apply for school recognition by downloading the application below.
Kids need physical activity for full, healthy, productive lives. But there is a nationwide crisis of inactivity. There’s only one way to fix that: parents, teachers, administrators and the community coming together to take action.
Together, we can increase physical education and physical activity in schools, fund programs and equipment, and promote active learning environments.
Physical activity in schools leads to:
Increased academic success
Stronger emotional and mental health
Long-term healthy habits
Movement is freeing. Movement is healthy. Movement is lifelong. This movement starts with all of us.
“Movement and exercise are more than activities at Red Hawk Elementary. They are foundational elements of the school culture. We built physical activity into our plan from day one. Using a rotating daily ‘movement calendar,’ students gain 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity on a daily basis, in addition to scheduled PE class and recess.”
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Becoming an Active Schools Champion is a way to make a difference in the health and education of the next generation. It’s how we bring health equity to schools. It’s how we start a movement.