Physical Activity: Fitness Activities

Let's Move! Active Schools

SHAPE America. Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Let’s Move! Active Schools is a collaborative effort to empower teachers, administrators, staff and parents to create active environments that engage students in movement every day. This initiative can help schools meet HUSSC physical activity and physical education criteria by providing free resources, training and grants to increase physical activity before, during, and after class.

Fuel Up to Play 60

NDC. NFL. United States Department of Agriculture.

This in-school nutrition and physical education program empowers students to create and implement activities that reward them for making healthy choices, and inspire change in their school. There are a variety of tools and resources, including school activation kits and “play books” for enhancing the school health environment. Students can win prizes for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day.

Presidential Youth Fitness Program

President's Challenge.

Participate in this voluntary program that includes an assessment, professional development, and motivational recognition to empower students to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle.

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To promote the guidelines and support youth physical activity, CDC and several partner organizations developed the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit, which highlights strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity.
The following materials address walk/bike to school programs:

- Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Schools Fact Sheets
- The Role of Schools in Promoting Youth Physical Activity PowerPoint Presentation

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools (December 2013)

CDC. SHAPE America.

This guide includes steps to engage multiple stakeholders in developing a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) to help transform schools into more active environments, where all students have the opportunity to be physically active at different times and places throughout the school day. Schools can use the guided process to develop an action plan, implement strategies, and evaluate their CSPAP.

The Association between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This report is a literature review that examines 23 years of research on the relationship between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance.

Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Nutrition and Physical Activity (2012)

National Association of State Boards of Education.

There are three guides that contain recent scientific data, analysis, examples of state and local best practices, and evidence-based model policies that can be adapted by schools, districts, and states. The guides also cover a wide array of topics related to nutrition and physical activity.

Indoor Recess 101 (PDF | 186 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Easy, fun, and active ideas for indoor recess.

BAM! Body and Mind

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BAM! uses kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features to appeal to 9-13 year olds. The site also serves as an aid to teachers.

ZOOM: For Kids By Kids

Public Broadcasting Service.

Fun games and activities for kids, including physical challenges.

Go Girl Go! (2011)

Women's Sports Foundation.

A curriculum-based program for girls, coaches, and parents to reinforce positive behaviors and educate girls about the dangers of inactivity. Includes a campaign for 3rd-8th graders, and another campaign for high school students.

Mind and Body: Activities for the Elementary Classroom (June 2003) (PDF | 6.07 MB)

Montana Team Nutrition. Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Provides a wealth of physical activities to be done in the classroom with young children.

Healthy Hopping (2016)

University of Illinois Extension. Urban Programs Resource Network.

Stunts, games, and rhymes to encourage jumping rope as a fun form of physical fitness. Also includes healthy jump rope snacks.

Create a Classroom That Moves! (2010) (PDF | 7.6 MB)

Ohio Team Nutrition.

Resources for classroom-based physical activity, including a manual, food and movement cards, and an activity pyramid poster.

Stories in Motion: In-class Activity Breaks (2012)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Short stories that can be used in classrooms to provide short physical activity breaks.

Move for Thought: Integrated Physical Activities for Learning in the Elementary School Classroom (2009) (PDF | 1.04 MB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Physical activity cards that can be conducted in the academic classroom.