Classroom Activity

Initiative Description: Each district developed a plan unique to their district to support all class- 77 room teachers from grades 1–6 in a minimum of two schools to implement at 78 least one 10-minute physical activity break daily; data was collected at 2 time points Implementation strategies varied across districts, with primary components in all districts including appointing a district-level coordinator to provide teacher training, technical assistance, support groups, and materials specific to classroom physical activity breaks (e.g., handouts, instruction books, videos, websites). All but one district used an evidence-based program such as Instant Recess (2 districts) (Instant Recess, 2015; Whitt-Glover et al., 2011), TAKE 10! (1 district) (Stewart et al., 86 2004; TAKE 10!, 2015), and CATCH (2 districts) (CATCH, 2015; Kelder et al.,87 2005).

Study results: Implementation was negatively associated with students having a lack of effort in class, and student MVPAwas negatively associated with students being off-task or inattentive in the classroom.

Reference: Carlson, J. A., Engelberg, J. K., Cain, K. L., Conway, T. L., Mignano, A. M., Bonilla, E. A., … & Sallis, J. F. (2015). Implementing classroom physical activity breaks: Associations with student physical activity and classroom behavior. Preventive medicine, 81, 67-72.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good