Physical Activity Best Practices

Physical Activity Best Practices

More than one in 10 Colorado children is obese. Lack of physical activity is a leading cause of obesity; a poor diet is another. Obese children are at a higher risk for asthma and diabetes as well as depression and low self-esteem. Lack of energy, poor self-image and health complications make it a lot harder to concentrate in school and can lead to behavior issues. Physical activity can stimulate the mind and enhance brain function.

How Does Your District Measure Up?
  • We meet the HB11-1069 requirements by offering 150 minutes of physical activity weekly or 30 minutes of physical activity a day for all elementary students.
School scheduleMinimum minute requirement for full day studentsMinimum minute requirement for half day students

Schools that meet 5 days per week

600 minutes per month
(an average of 30 minutes per day)

300 minutes per month
(an average of 15 minutes per day)

Schools that meet fewer than 5 days
per week

30 minutes per day

15 minutes per day


  • We offer 150 minutes of physical education weekly or 30 minutes a day at the elementary school level, and 225 minutes weekly or 45 minutes a day at the middle school and high school levels. Our physical education curriculum is sequential and consistent with the Colorado Comprehensive Health Education and Physical Education Content Standards.
  • We avoid substitutions for physical education such as marching band or ROTC.
  • Our physical education teachers are licensed and have received professional development in their field during the past two years.
  • We offer our elementary students recess before lunch.
  • We avoid taking recess away as punishment.
  • We offer structured recess.
  • We partner with organizations that offer after-school programs promoting physical activity.

We offer professional development and provide resources to our staff to be able to integrate physical activity breaks into the daily classroom.

View our webinar on Move More, Learn More: Physical Activity at the Secondary Level.

“For us, it comes down to students’ health and well-being. We know the disturbing statistics about childhood obesity, and we want to give our kids the tools they need to make good decisions about their health.”

Nancy Karas, Superintendent, East Grand School District
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