Schools can create an environment that offers many opportunities for students to be physically active throughout the school day. A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach by which school districts and schools provide multiple opportunities to accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day. Physical education is the foundation of the CSPAP model and ensures an opportunity for physical activity for every student in school. Additional opportunities for physical activity throughout the school day include classroom-based movement, recess, intramural sports and various before and after school activities. A CSPAP also includes opportunities for staff, family and community members to engage in physical activity.

    The benefits of regular physical activity include:                                                      

    • Reduces the risk for overweight, diabetes and other chronic diseases
    • Assists in improved academic performance
    • Helps children feel better about themselves
    • Reduces the risk for depression and the effects of stress
    • Helps children prepare to be productive, healthy members of society and
    • Improves overall quality of life.

    Citation: Ballard, K, Caldwell D, Dunn C, Hardison A, Newkirk, J, Sanderson M, Thaxton Vodicka S, Thomas C Move More, NC's Recommended Standards For Physical Activity In School. North Carolina DHHS, NC Division of Public Health, Raleigh, NC; 2005.

    It is important to understand not only the differences between physical education and physical activity, but also how they work together to develop students' knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education is where students learn to be physically active and physical activity programs provide opportunities for students to practice what they learn in physical education.  To learn more about CSPAP visit: http://www.shapeamerica.org/cspap/what.cfm

    WSCC Components: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/wscc/components.htm