Physically active academic lessons in elementary children

Prev Med. 2011 Jun;52 Suppl 1(Suppl):S51-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.01.017. Epub 2011 Jan 31.


Background: Although schools are an ideal location to conduct interventions that target children, the emphasis on standardized testing makes it difficult to implement interventions that do not directly support academic instruction. In response, physically active academic lessons have been developed as a strategy to increase physical activity while also addressing core educational goals. Texas I-CAN! is one incarnation of this approach.

Methods: We will review the on-going research on the impact of these active lessons on: teacher implementation, child step count, child attention control, and academic performance.

Results: The collected studies support the impact of physically active academic lessons on each area of interest.

Conclusions: If these data can be replicated, it suggests that teachers might find these lessons of benefit to their primary role as educators, which should ease dissemination of these and other physically active lessons in elementary schools.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Mass Index
  • Child
  • Educational Status
  • Exercise* / physiology
  • Faculty
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity* / physiology
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Schools
  • Texas