Active Living

Despite the many health benefits associated with regular physical activity, many children and adolescents are not active for 60 minutes or more each day. Schools, communities, and families all must play a role to help support our youth in reaching daily activity goals and living healthy lifestyles.

Youth Physical Activity

The Role of Schools

  • Teachers can take brief activity breaks in the classroom or build activity into classroom lessons. Go Noodle is a free online platform that offers videos that include learning and movement, all under 5 minutes.

Other Tips!

  • Never withhold outdoor recess or gym class as a form of discipline.
  • Investigate funding to help enhance the school environment to promote active living and healthy eating.
  • Create a school environment that promotes wellness. You can use these free posters from the CDC.

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) was designed to help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon the NASPE national physical education standards. The PECAT may also be used to address state and local standards.

The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools.

The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) was created by CDC to help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.

Results of the HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.

The Role of Communities

  • Schools and communities can collaborate to enhance policies or make changes to students’ surroundings. The Lorain County Public Health offers Mini-Grants to support built environment projects that aim to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

The Role of Families

  • Families can advocate for school health through PTAs and Booster groups. Wellness initiatives such as healthy concession stands, walking clubs, and joint use agreements will only be successful if they receive parent and family support.
  • What are joint use agreements?
    Communities and schools can develop partnerships to agree to use school property to promote physical activity in the community. School property can provide a valuable resource for community recreational space by hosting physical activity such as recreation and sport activities before and after school hours. At the same time, schools and communities need to find ways to minimize the potential liability risks created when schools open their grounds for community recreational use. Joint use agreements can help schools and communities overcome some of the obstacles to community recreational use of school property. To learn more and see an example of joint use policy language, visit the Public Health Law Center.


The Role of Schools
The Role of Communities
The Role of Families
Ohio's Learning Standards: Physican Education

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