Physical Activity Resources

Use these resources to help you expand or increase your physical activity opportunities at school. There are activities, school-wide program ideas, and other resources to help make physical activity a priority for students and adults, both in school and out.

  • 101 Tips for Teaching Nutrition Concepts in Physical Education

    This resource, created by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and Fuel Up to Play 60, is designed to help physical education teachers integrate nutrition concepts into their teaching routines. The tips that follow were suggested by Fuel Up to Play 60 supporters and P.E. teachers from around the country.

  • Action for Healthy Kids: School Programs

    Action for Healthy Kids works with schools to help kids learn to eat right and be active every day so they’re ready to learn. They provide access to nutrition and physical activity programs for before, during and after school, and have volunteers available to help schools implement and measure the success of programs.

  • Children's Daily Step Count can be Used to Gauge Physical Activity Goals

    This news release from the American College of Sports Medicine (2012) describes the correlation between a step count of 12,000 steps and the 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity recommended for children.

  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) Policy Continuum

    This resource from the Education Committee of the National Physical Activity Plan outlines best practices in physical education and physical activity with a rubric to help guide schools. The continuum identifies meaningful steps along a path toward optimal implementation of physical education and physical activity in (and outside) schools.

  • Empowering Youth with Nutrition and Physical Activity

    Chapter 4 in the USDA Team Nutrition publication, Empowering Youth with Nutrition and Physical Activity, this resource provides background information on helping kids become and stay physically fit. Included are specific activities for increasing flexibility and strength. (Note: Please refer to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans for up-to-date information to accompany the suggestions in this resource.)

  • Exercise for Youth Fact Sheets

    These brief articles from the American College of Sports Medicine provide information and guidelines on a variety of topics and issues relevant to youth participation in physical activity.

  • Keep Gym in School

    This program, created by the NFL, promotes physical activity in schools and includes lesson plans, grant opportunities, and a P.E. Teacher of the Year recognition program.

  • Let's Move! Active Schools

    This resource, from First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! program, highlights strategies and approaches schools can take to help children be more physically active.

  • Physical Activity During School

    This brief resource from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance provides research, resources, and links to multiple ideas on how to integrate physical activity in schools throughout the school day.

  • Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

    Issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2008, these guidelines describe the federal government's recommendations for the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans.

  • Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

    From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) helps school districts conduct an analysis of written physical education curricula based upon national physical education standards. Also customizable to local standards, this resource can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own or select a published curriculum for the delivery of quality physical education.

  • Presidential Youth Fitness Program

    The Presidential Youth Fitness Program, a partnership of expert organizations in health and fitness education, assessment and promotion, emphasizes the value of living a physically active life -- in school and beyond. With this program, schools gain access to resources to help students engage in their own health and and fitness, including the use of Fitnessgram® which measures students’ physical fitness against a set of health-based criteria rather than their performance compared to peers.

  • Quality Physical Education Programs

    This resource from the National Association for Sports and Physical Education outlines key reasons for and elements of successful P.E. programs and provides tools and resources that can help schools review their own programs.

  • Recess Before Lunch

    This resource from Washington's Action for Healthy Kids briefly summarizes the benefits of students having recess before they eat lunch at school and offers suggestions on how to make that change.

  • Strategies to Improve Quality Physical Education

    This guidebook from the Centers for Disease Control (2010) outlines and provides a rationale for key strategies aimed at increasing the amount of time that students are engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity while in physical education class.

  • USDA's Physical Activity Bulletin Board Resources

    This resource from USDA's Team Nutrition is a collection of resources you can use to highlight physical activity in your school's gymnasium, hallways, cafeteria, and classroom. There are posters, clip art, flyers and more.

  • Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit

    From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit supports youth physical activity by providing strategies that can be used by schools, community leaders and health organizations. Many of the toolkit components can be adapted and customized for various audiences.

  • Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Schools

    This resource from the Centers for Disease Control provides data and statistics on why schools should offer physical activity programs. It also provides information and ideas on ways schools can integrate physical activity before, during, and after school.

  • Youth Strength Training

    This fact sheet from the American College of Sports Medicine describes the potential benefits of strength training for youth. It also strongly emphasizes the need for supervision, age-specific guidelines, and other safety measures.