Online Program

Georgia Shape: Getting Georgia's students moving through the Power Up for 30 statewide physical activity intervention

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kelly Cornett, MS, Office of the Chief of Staff, Georgia Department of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
Emily Anne Vall, PhD, Office of the Chief of Staff, Georgia Department of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
Introduction: Georgia Shape is the Governor’s statewide, multi-agency initiative bringing together governmental, philanthropic, academic, and business communities to address childhood (0-18) obesity. Over ten years, Georgia Shape will work to increase the number of students in the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) for Body Mass Index (BMI) by ten percent. Georgia’s physical activity (PA) intervention, Power Up for 30 (PU30), aims to achieve this goal through increasing PA before, during, and after school. Methods: PU30 is a voluntary program encouraging educators to integrate an additional 30 minutes of PA into the school day. A one-day training session provides technical assistance, resources, and ideas for incorporating additional PA with additional opportunities for continuing education. Training guides the analysis of school-specific data to inform action plans scripted by a team of educators from each school during a session. PU30 aligns with the CDC’s Comprehensive School PA Program, and the training provides schools with autonomy to create personalized approaches for meeting goals. Results: PU30 has reached more than 230k students, recruited over 500 schools, and has surpassed a 70% PA survey response rate from school administrators. After a one year pilot program in 39 schools, 63.7% of students improved their aerobic capacity (AC) and 57.2% improved BMI measures. Discussion: As an evidence-based statewide PA program, PU30 is facilitating improvements in student AC and BMI. Research shows a strong positive relationship between PA and academic achievement. Incorporating 30 minutes of PA into the daily routine can make students more alert and ready to learn.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain how Georgia Shape created statewide buy-in for Power Up for 30 through governmental, philanthropic, academic, and business partnerships. Describe how Georgia Shape was able to implement a project of this size across the state. This includes information about promotion work, educator buy-in, and facilitation efforts. Identify how Georgia Shape created a data collection and evaluation team to effectively evaluate this program with regard to school-level behavior change, student health status, and sustainability.

Keyword(s): Physical Activity, School-Based Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the lead coordinator for Georgia Shape's Power Up for 30 initiative. I have published and presented content related to physical activity interventions and health promotion. With experience leading several school-based physical activity intervention programs including curriculum development and delivery, I continuously strive to translate evidence-based research into public health practice with a passion for education, teamwork, leadership, and wellness.
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.