Online Program

Systematic approach to promoting 60 minutes a day of physical activity in elementary schools

Monday, November 2, 2015

Abby Rose, MSEd, MA, Office of Student Health and Wellness, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
Julia Goetten, M.Ed., Office of Student Health and Wellness, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
Stephanie Whyte, MD, MBA, Office of Student Health and Wellness, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) aims to provide nearly 400,000 students with the opportunity to learn in a healthy school environment that promotes daily opportunities for physical activity (PA).

OSHW developed the 30+20+10 program to support elementary schools in offering increased opportunities for PA throughout the day through high quality physical education (PE), active and engaged recess, and classroom based PA every day.


Using the Physical Education Policy, which mandates daily PE for all students in the district, as the foundation of 30+20+10, OSHW provides 30+20+10 schools additional supports and resources to increase PA time during the school day, including on site professional development, advance technical assistance visits, funding for programmatic resources, and partnerships with external organizations.


In the Spring of 2015, OSHW will collect best practices and anecdotal evidence from the 54 schools implementing 30+20+10 to identify successful ways in which schools are meeting the Physical Education Policy and thus increasing the opportunities students have for PA throughout the day.


The variety of ways in which the 54 schools have implemented 30+20+10 will be presented and several successful models and recommendations will be highlighted. OSHW will continue to build on the successes of the 30+20+10 program as well as to address any barriers to ensure that 30+20+10 schools have the necessary support and resources to continue to serve as models for other schools to prioritize PA throughout the school day.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate a clear understand of the programmatic elements of 30+20+10, from the district level as well as the school level. Describe the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program framework and explain how it can be used to maximize students' opportunities for physical activity during the school day. Discuss potential barriers and solutions to adopting a similar model in other school districts.

Keyword(s): Physical Activity, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work in Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness as a School Wellness Specialist overseeing physical activity in schools. I received my BS in Exercise Science as well as my M.Ed. with a focus on Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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.