Schools can help students maintain a healthy weight through healthy eating and physical activity. Wellness policies, quality physical education, time for physical activity, and healthy food all help students perform better in school and instill healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
The Rhode Island Nutrition Requirements, the USDA All Foods Sold in School Standards, and the Rhode Island Healthier Beverages and Snacks Law all help to ensure students can learn and practice healthy eating during the school day.
Schools can do a number of things to support healthy eating, including analyzing the nutrition curriculum, educating the school community on nutrition guidelines, increasing breakfast participation, and serving local foods.
Physical activity is when someone moves their body and expends energy. Walking, games of tag, and running are examples of physical activity. Students who are physically active perform better on tests, are healthier, and are less likely to miss school.
Schools can support students’ physically activity by allowing activity breaks during the school day, providing time for recess, and providing before- and after-school programs.
Physical education is a course led by a qualified instructor. Students learn and practice physical fitness that helps instill habits for a physically active life. Physical education is required for all students in grades 1 through 12. Students should receive an average of 100 minutes per week of health and physical education. See Thrive for more information about Rhode Island’s physical education rules and regulations.
Use the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool to help assess your school’s current physical education curriculum.
Implement a physical education curriculum. SPARK is an evidence-based physical education program that has a number of resources, including physical education lesson plans, curriculum materials, and trainings.
Offer professional development and resources for physical education instructors. Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance is a resource for professional development.
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