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Physical Education/Physical Activity in Schools

  • Health Education Grade Expectations (see Nutrition and Physical Activity)
  • Healthy Foods

  • School Retrofits Go Green
  • School Lunches Go Back to the Land
  • Medical Care/Insurance

    Schools - General

  • CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), School-Based Obesity Prevention Strategies for State Policymakers, designed to assist program coordinators in their efforts to inform and engage governors, state agencies, and state boards of education on how they can help address childhood obesity. This document offers recognized physical activity and healthy eating, strategies, undertaken by states that have shown promise in helping schools address and prevent childhood obesity.
  • Wellness Policies


  • Lean Works -- the definitive source for all the information that is available.
  • Healthier Worksite Initiative ).
  • Investing in Health -- a Partnership for Prevention guide that CDC worked on which discusses strategies for employers around physical activity and nutrition.
  • Purchaser’s Guide to Clinical Preventive Services developed by the National Business Group on Health and CDC, including obesity screening, counseling, and treatment that employers can include in their insurance coverage benefits plan.
  • Physical Education/Physical Activity: CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance. The report indicates that school-based physical activity may help improve students’ grades and test scores and positively affect other factors that influence academic achievement. The report also concludes that adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance.
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education brochure on the Lets Move In School website summarizing the findings of DASH’s report.
  •   Website consulting provided by The National Association of Attorneys General.