Do Short Physical Activity Breaks in Classrooms Work?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
January 1, 2013

Physical activity can help children and teens maintain a healthy weight, but national studies show low levels of physical activity among children and teens. School-aged children spend more than half of their waking hours at school, making schools a prime location to increase physical activity among children. There are several evidence-based strategies for increasing physical activity at school.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Brief finds short physical activity breaks during the school day may improve student behavior and on-task behavior, and improve some measures of health. Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s TAKE10! is mentioned as an school intervention program that helps.

To learn more, read the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Brief here.