We had the pleasure to attend the Lets Move in School stakeholder meeting yesterday, at our partner NASPE’s corporate headquarters. Many important issues were discussed, including the childhood obesity epidemic and the overall importance quality physical education programs.
Perhaps the most interesting issue discussed was the recently released results of the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) 2011 Survey. CSPAP is an approach by which school districts and schools develop physically educated students who participate in the nationally-recommended 60+ minutes of physical activity each day. THe hope is they will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.
Of those surveyed, only 16% of elementary schools, 13% of middle schools and 6% of high schools are currently providing physical activity before, during, and after school – components of a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP).
Clearly, efforts must be taken to increase these numbers, and that’s where the Let’s Move in School comes into play. The initiative has the goal of ensuring that every school provides quality physical education.
We're thrilled to support this initiative with our partners at NASPE, and we look forward to watching their success!