Initiative Description: Six schools agreed to participate in the BHC program. Teachers at the participating schools attended a 1-day workshop and were assigned a trained coordinator, who provided support throughout the entire year. Principals were asked to provide any support they could for the initiatives. Classroom teachers were asked to incorporate nutrition lessons (Healthy Classrooms Healthy Schools) and integrate physical activity breaks (FitBits). Recesses encouraging continued physical activity engagement were developed. PE teachers had to participate in professional development (Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC)) and had to turn in monthly logs. Schools also hosted an after school program (Healthy Kids Club) that included a healthy snack and a walking club. Finally, schools developed a student leadership team that consisted of a) join the league, (b) build teams and draft key players, (c) hold a kickoff, (d) survey the field, (e) game time – host one healthy eating and one physical activity play, and (f) light up the score board – share success stories surrounding healthy eating and physical activity.
Study Results: Improved Math computation skills and reading comprehension
Reference: Centeio, E. E., Somers, C. L., Moore, E. W. G., Kulik, N., Garn, A., Martin, J., & McCaughtry, N. (2018). Relationship between academic achievement and healthy school transformations in urban elementary schools in the United States. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23(4), 402-417.
Level of Evidence: Good