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Physical Activity and the Jeffco Wellness Policy

Jeffco Wellness Policy 
Jeffco Wellness Policy Guidelines (Section on Physical Activity) 

Policy Components Include 

-Elementary School-Physical Activity Minutes
-Graduation Requirement
-Prohibit Withholding of Recess or PA
-Not using Physical Activity as a form of punishment 
-Active Classrooms
-Active Resources 
-Before and After School Programs

The Facts About Movement

-Active, fit students typically perform better academically, have better attendance, better concentration and fewer behavioral issues
-Physical Activity Grows new brain cells and new synapses
-Fitness improves mood, anxiety, stress levels, motivation, and brain volume
-Brain breaks have the most impact if done every 20 minutes through the day
-Physically fit vs. unfit children: Attention, working memory and processing speed are all more active in a fit brain
-Fitness and gender: Fitness increases performance in spatial reasoning for girls (math scores). Fitness increases reading and writing for males (one to two years growth in ONE year)

Resources 

Movement and the Brain (AS
Presentation on PA and the Brain (Power Point) 
Learning Landscapes Toolkit- Movement for Kids Before, During, After School Programs (PDF)
Patterson's International Movement Kit (website) 



Active Classrooms 

Brain Breaks 

what is an active classroom

Active Recess 


active recess info

Active Blacktops









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