201866 Supporting school decision-makers to strengthen physical activity in schools: A public health and education collaborative

Monday, November 9, 2009

Peggy Agron, MA, RD , California Project LEAN, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
Victoria Berends, BS , California Project LEAN, Public Health Institute, Sacramento, CA
Lindsey Cox, MS , Public Health Institute, California Project LEAN, San Diego, CA
Martin Gonzalez, Esquire , California School Boards Association, West Sacramento, CA
Betsy McNeil, MA , California School Boards Association, West Sacramento, CA
Jessica St. John, MA , California School Boards Association, West Sacramento, CA
Nestor Martinez Martinez, MPH, RD , California Project LEAN, California Dept. of Public Health, Sacramento, CA

Schools are in a unique position to provide safe physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day.


The California School Boards Association (CSBA) and California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) will highlight their work with school decision-makers to implement policies to improve physical activity opportunities for students. Resources and materials, such as sample policies and case studies, which focus on the board members' role in developing collaborative approaches to strengthen physical activity in schools will be discussed.


Schools with numerous opportunities for physical activity see an increase in students' concentration, a reduction in disruptive behaviors, improved test scores, and can contribute to the prevention of obesity and chronic disease. School decision makers can address these issues through the implementation of policies that support physical activity.


Formative research, including a environmental scan and survey with California school board members was conducted to identify perceived barriers and opportunities to develop, implement, and monitor comprehensive policies that address physical activity.


Findings will be presented that describe: the key barriers and challenges to improving physical activity in schools, strategies to overcome those barriers, and opportunities for school involvement including strategies such as safe routes to schools, school siting, joint use agreements, before and after school programming, recess, moderate-to-vigorous levels of physical activity in PE, and community engagement.


The session will highlight the role and responsibilities of school board members and other stakeholders in developing collaborative solutions to addressing the physical activity needs of students.

Learning Objectives:
Define the role and responsibilities of school boards in addressing physical activity policies. Identify the challenges and opportunities in collaborating with school decision-makers to improve physical activity in schools. Describe policies and tools to implement physical activity policies in school districts.

Keywords: Physical Activity, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Project Manager of the grant being presented.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.