“We must enhance the duration and intensity of physical exercise in order to allow the human body an optimal learning experience.”`– Heather Beck, Chief Academic Officer, Jefferson County Public Schools
Punishing children by taking away recess or physical education classes reduces their already-scarce opportunities for physical activity. Recess functions successfully as an established school-based activity and should be carefully considered as part of any school health and wellness policy. Schools strive to meet student needs and provide them with the tools and opportunities to succeed. This includes the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating through policies, practices and supportive environments. To learn more, download the Recess Rocks! resource.
Recess Rocks! Alternatives to Withholding Recess Webinar
- Learn why physical activity, recess in particular, is important for students and how it ties to academic achievement.
- Receive tangible and practical alternative strategies that can be integrated into your classroom tomorrow!
- Hear from your peers in the field on their success with integrating physical activity and not taking away recess as punishment.
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Click here to view the Red Hawk Elementary Movement Toolkit
Recess Rocks! Highlights
- Recess functions successfully as an established school-based activity and should be carefully considered as part of any school health and wellness policy.
- Physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores, better school attendance and decrease disciplinary problems.
- In students with attention deficit disorder, greater moderate to vigorous physical activity is associated with improved attention, memory, information processing and decreased impulsivity.