CSPAP

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Why CSPAP?

Children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. The resources below provide expanded information on this recommendation.

Children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. The resources below provide expanded information on this recommendation.

State and national surveillance mechanisms provide valuable data about the current policies, practices, and behaviors related to nutrition, physical activity and physical education programs. The resources below enable the user to access relevant data.

  • 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA
    The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA provides a current picture of physical education in the American education system.

  • National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study
    NYPANS provides nationally representative data on behaviors and behavioral determinants related to nutrition and physical activity among high school students.

  • Physical Education Profiles
    Physical Education Profiles summarizes the current state of the physical activity and the physical education policies and practices of secondary schools across 26 jurisdictions (18 states, 6 large urban school districts, 1 territory, and 1 tribe).

  • School Health Policies and Practices Study
    SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.

  • School Health Profiles
    The School Health Profiles is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles surveys are conducted every 2 years by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers.

  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
    YRBSS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including inadequate physical activity. YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.

A growing body of research has focused on the association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance among school-aged youth. The resources below translate those findings into recommendations for school physical activity programs.

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