Children who are physically active and fit tend to perform better in the classroom, but many schools allow little to no time for students to be active, due to a lack of resources, personnel, or time in the day. Policies that support daily physical education and regular activity breaks during the school day can help increase physical activity, elevate physical fitness levels, and improve academic performance and classroom behavior among students. This Web Forum will provide evidence for the importance of physical activity in the school setting, and offer ideas and strategies to get kids moving during the school day.

Specifically, this forum will:

  • Define quality physical education and physical activity
  • Draw relationships and summarize findings between physical activity and academic achievement
  • Address the challenges of implementing activity programs in schools
  • Offer recommendations to prioritize schooltime activity on a local level

Closed captioning will be available for this Web Forum.


Darla M. Castelli, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

Darla M. Castelli, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been working with school-aged youth in physical activity settings for more than 20 years, leading several physical activity interventions (e.g., FIT Kids, Active + Active…

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Abigail Gamble, MS, PhD

Instructor, Department of Pediatrics

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Jackson, MS

Abigail Gamble is a New Jersey native who has lived in Mississippi since arriving 2004 at the University of Mississippi to earn a master’s degree in Health Promotion and a doctoral degree in Health and Kinesiology. An early career investigator in the Office of Population Health and instructor in the Department…

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Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh serves as affiliated faculty at the Center on Social Disparities in Health and the Center on Health and Risk in Minority Youth and Adults, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh is associate professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University (SFSU), where she…

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Amanda Wilson, MS

Project Manager, Strategic Engagement Coordinator, Active Living Research

A National Program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

University of California, San Diego

Amanda Wilson is a Project Manager and Strategic Engagement Coordinator for Active Living Research (ALR). She oversees multiple projects and contributes to the communication, dissemination and capacity-building efforts of the program. Amanda manages ALR’s special supplement journals, provides technical assistance to grantees and plays a lead role in the coordination…

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