A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach to providing physical activity opportunities in and around schools. By integrating physical activity through multiple strategies, the goal of a CSPAP is to increase the likelihood that K-12 students obtain the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day and develop physical literacy skills outside of physical education.
CSPAP has been adopted as national framework for schoolwide physical activity and is endorsed by many national organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America, and the Institute of Medicine. CSPAP also serves as the guiding framework for the Active Schools movement.
The purpose of this report is to review and present a practical summary of the published research to date on multicomponent, school-based physical activity interventions through the lens of the CSPAP framework.
Report prepared for Active Schools by:
Ann Kuhn, M.S.
Peter Stoepker, M.A.
Brian Dauenhauer, Ph.D.
Russell L. Carson, Ph.D.