Initiative Description: A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) was implemented. The goal was set for teachers to get children to be active for at least 50% of lesson time. Physical education in these schools was taught one day per week for 50 minutes and employed a Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children curriculum. In addition to improving the quality of physical education, CSPAP offered physical activity opportunities throughout the school day at specific leisure times (ie, lunch and recess) and also integrated physical activity into lessons and classroom activity breaks.
Study Results: There were 7.49 (95% CI: 2.83, 19.79) greater odds of a classroom achieving 80% on-task behavior at 6 weeks compared to baseline and a 27.93 (95% CI: 7.93, 98.29) greater odds of a classroom achieving 80% on-task behavior at 12 weeks compared to baseline (p < .001). After the CSPAP was implemented, on-task classroom behavior significantly improved across all grade levels.
Reference: Burns, R. D., Brusseau, T. A., Fu, Y., Myrer, R. S., & Hannon, J. C. (2016). Comprehensive school physical activity programming and classroom behavior. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40(1), 100-107.
Level of Evidence: Very Good