Today, physical inactivity among youth and childhood obesity have reached epidemic proportions in America. Research shows that an astounding 2 out of 3 kids aren’t moving enough. So, Active Schools is on a mission to reverse that trend.
As the national movement to ensure that 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools across the country, Active Schools works on two fronts. We serve as a hub to help schools access best practices, programs, and resources to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students. At the same time, we use communication and activation strategies to engage champions, influencers, and decision-makers to help make systems and policy changes that will enable our schools to educate the whole child -- by reimagining school environments to provide opportunities for academic, social, emotional, AND physical learning so that all children have the ability, confidence, and desire to lead active, healthy lives.
Why are Active Schools so important? Because Active Kids Do Better. Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also contribute to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills and a lifetime of healthy habits.
# of Champions = 35,161
# of Schools Enrolled = 22,990
# of Students Served = 13,519,487
- (as of January 2, 2017)
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