Active Schools Minnesota
Across Minnesota, schools are coming together to make being active a way of life for our kids. Thanks to the Active Schools Minnesota initiative, schools are increasing time that students are physically active.
Research shows that when students move more, they learn better and miss fewer school days due to illness. Disruptive behavior in the classroom also decreases. Federal guidelines recommend that students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
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Active Schools Minnesota is a partnership between the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education and is supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP). Schools are getting training and resources through SHIP to get kids moving more.
Active School Strategies
Through SHIP, schools across Minnesota are implementing these evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity opportunities:
- Quality physical education
- Active classrooms
- Active recess
- Physical activity during out-of-school time (such as Safe Routes to School)
Learn more about the strategies.
Fourteen Minnesota elementary schools are participating in a study to assess how the adoption of Active Schools Minnesota strategies affect student fitness and performance in school. As part of this pilot study, schools will measure changes in:
- School physical activity policies and practices
- Fitness levels in 4th, 5th and 6th graders using the Fitnessgram assessment
- Physical activity levels in 4th, 5th and 6th graders using a student self-assessment tool
- Student behavior, attendance and academic scores
Results from the study are expected in late spring 2017.
Is your school ready to get started? Learn more about how to get involved in Active Schools Minnesota by contacting your local public health office or email Mary Thissen-Milder.