Creating Active Schools
Integrating exercise into everyday life creates a lifelong commitment to physical activity. That's why school-based strategies for increasing physical activity before, during, and after school are crucial to combatting the childhood obesity epidemic.
Studies show that kids who are physically active do better:
- Active kids do better in school, are more attentive in class and score higher on tests.
- Physical activity has a positive correlation with school attendance rates.
- Self esteem is higher in kids who are physically active.
The National Partnership's school-based Fire Up Your Feet and Active Schools Fundraising programs encourage students, families, and school staff to be healthy and physically active before, during, and after school.