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Physical Activity and Physical Education in California Schools

This research brief summarizes key results from a confidential online survey given to California school board members on "Physical Activity and Physical Education in California Schools," developed by the California School Boards Association and California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition).

  • Peggy Agron
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A Survey of District/County Office of Education Perceptions and Practices

Schools play an important role in influencing student physical activity behaviors and promoting cognitive learning related to lifelong participation in physical activity. They are also in a unique position to provide a safe environment for physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day.

This research brief summarizes key results from a confidential online survey given to California school board members on physical activity and physical education in California schools, developed by the California School Boards Association and PHI’s California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition).

The brief includes key findings, as well as recommended action steps for school boards to more effectively develop, support and monitor physical activity and P.E. programs and policies.

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California School Boards Association is a nonprofit association consisting of nearly all of the state’s 1,000 school districts and county offices of education. The member-driven organization supports the governance team—school board members, superintendents, and senior administrative staff—in its complex leadership role, offering policy services, policy analysis, advocacy, publications, continuing education, financial programs, legal services, and more. For policy briefs, publications and other resources on a variety of school wellness issues, including asthma, mental health, nutrition, obesity, oral health, physical activity and physical education, visit www.csba.org/Wellness.aspx.

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a joint program of the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute, focusing on youth and parent empowerment, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions to increase healthy eating and physical activity. CPL provides technical assistance, training, and tools on developing, implementing, and monitoring school wellness policies. www.CaliforniaProjectLEAN.org.

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