New Study Says Schools Missing Out on Physical Activity Opportunities

While adolescents technically get the majority of their moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at school, when you consider the fact that school is where adolescents spend most of their time in the first place, the actual proportion of that activity isn’t all that impressive. But then again, neither are the MVPA numbers for just about any other place they spend their waking hours, according to researchers.

Those are just 2 of the findings in a new study that used GPS devices and accelerometers to track exactly where and when MVPA took place among 12- to 16-year-olds. The study, e-published ahead of print in Pediatrics, tracked the activities of 549 adolescents to get a glimpse of how close the group came to meeting public health guidelines for at least 60 minutes of MVPA per day, and where they experienced the activity. Samples were drawn from the Baltimore-Washington and Seattle-King County metropolitan areas, and included 446 census block regions. Half of the participants were female; 31.3% were nonwhite or Hispanic.

Full story of schools missing out on physical activity at APTA

New School Initiative Brings Physical Activity to the Classroom

The Washington Post reports that in what at least 1 administrator hopes will be the classroom of the near-future, kids can’t sit still—as in, they’re not supposed to sit still, because every desk and learning station incorporates equipment that keeps them moving.

And for 1 classroom in Charleston, South Carolina, that future is already here, according to the Post.

“Inside, 28 fifth-graders sit at the specially outfitted kinesthetic desks. Some pedal bikes, some march on climbers, some swivel, some stand at their desk and sway back and forth. But almost everyone in the class is moving all day long—even the teacher,” the Post reports.

The description is included in a story on how 63-year-old David Spurlock, a school administrator in the Charleston district, is challenging educational assumptions about the need for children to remain seated and inactive while learning. Those assumptions couldn’t be more incorrect, Spurlock argues, calling the current system “educational incarceration.”

Full story of school initiative to bring physical activity to the classroom at APTA