The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Yet, only 24 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. reached this recommendation on at least five days per week.
Physical activity and play are essential elements for child development, overall health, and a well-rounded education. All schools should be able to provide opportunities for their students to lead active, healthy lives. Unfortunately, competing priorities often limit resources for student wellness. In fact, only six states require physical education through high school and only half of middle and high schools offer all students the opportunity to participate in intramural sports programs or physical activity clubs.
The bottom line? Kids are not participating in enough physical activity, and schools are not prioritizing their responsibility for providing opportunities before, during, and after school.
Active Schools operates based on the collective impact framework, designed to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems, based on the belief that no single program, policy, organization, or government agency can solve them alone.