Webinar: Improving School Policies and Settings to Increase Physical Activity


 Please join us for this interactive Web Forum
 Wednesday, March 28

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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We need to increase physical activity among children, in order to create life long healthy habits. Children’s participation in regular physical activity is associated with improved cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, better mental health and emotional wellbeing, as well as prevention of such chronic diseases as obesity, hypertension and type-2 diabetes. There also is substantial evidence showing that children who are physically fit and active tend to perform better in the classroom. Despite the overwhelming evidence that physical activity is beneficial, fewer than half of U.S. children and adolescents currently meet the recommended activity guidelines.

Research indicates that schools are an excellent – though underutilized – place to increase young people’s physical activity. This Web Forum will highlight the substantial and growing body of evidence concerning effective ways to get children more active in the school setting – inside as well as outside of regular classes. We’ll discuss strategies to improve the quality of physical education, recess, and other school policies, programs, and environments to support physical activity.

Co-sponsored by Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this Web Forum will showcase national leaders summarizing the science behind the role that schools play in supporting physical activity. We’ll hear and share examples of school policies and school-based interventions designed to get people more active. Please join us for this exciting Web Forum!

Sponsored by Active Living Research and the Public Health Institute
Aaron Beighle, PhD

Associate Professor

Kinesiology and Health Promotion
University of Kentucky


Thomas McKenzie, PhD

Professor Emeritus

School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
San Diego State University


Martin Gonzalez

CSBA Assistant Executive Director

Membership Services

California School Boards Association

Deborah Lou, PhD
Program Analyst
Active Living Research

A National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
University of California, San Diego



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