Can Your School Prove its PE?
Did you know the CDC recommends at least 60 minutes per day of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) for adolescents? In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) began requiring states to report on how well each school is meeting this criteria. Can your PE program provide data that students are reaching this threshold? The Heart Zones Move Solution captures MVPA% in real time for each student in your school, and also saves that data in easy to read reports. Read more here on some of the federal guidelines for Physical Activity levels in Schools.
Federal Laws Governing Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in Schools.
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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that states report on the percentage of students in each school who meet recommended levels of physical activity, including moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). The ESSA encourages schools to provide opportunities for physical activity throughout the day and to support physical education programs that help students meet these guidelines.
The recommended levels of MVPA for children and adolescents, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are at least 60 minutes of MVPA daily. This can include activities such as running, brisk walking, cycling, dancing, and sports. MVPA is defined as activity that increases heart rate and breathing rate and is considered moderate to vigorous in intensity.
To measure MVPA, schools can use a variety of tools and methods, such as heart rate monitors, pedometers, or self-report surveys. The ESSA requires that states report on the percentage of students in each school who meet recommended levels of MVPA based on these measurements.
The ESSA also encourages schools to provide opportunities for physical activity throughout the day, such as during recess, before and after school, and during classroom breaks. Schools are encouraged to create environments that support physical activity, such as providing safe and accessible spaces for physical activity, promoting active transportation, and integrating physical activity into the curriculum.
Overall, the goal of the ESSA is to promote physical activity as an important part of a healthy lifestyle and to ensure that schools provide opportunities for students to meet recommended levels of MVPA.