This is part one of a two-part Web Forum series designed to promote more physically active recess in schools. Click here for part two.

Part one is intended for school administrators, public health practitioners (e.g. school wellness coordinators), and parents who want to learn how to influence policies and practices that support the overall health and well-being of students.

Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D. and Aaron Beighle, Ph.D., experts in improving physical activity in children, will discuss the Ready for Recess program, which works to reverse the trend of childhood obesity with specific strategies and tactics to maximize the benefits of recess. This program is based on research conducted by Drs. Huberty and Beighle, which showed that children are most active at recess when environments support physical activity participation.

During this Web Forum, presenters will discuss:

  • The academic and health benefits of recess being frequent and efficient
  • Which tools are needed to encourage children to be physically active at recess
  • What administrators can do to support teachers and staff to implement activities at recess
  • How parents and public health practitioners can advocate for recess that promotes more physical activity


Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

A former elementary physical education teacher, Aaron Beighle holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and specializes in the areas of physical education and physical activity for youth. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky where he trains…

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Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ

Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D., is an Associate professor at Arizona State University in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Exercise and Wellness program. Her research interests include physical activity adherence and lifestyle behavior change in women and children. She is co-author of the book entitled, Designing Effective Physical Activity Interventions.…

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Deborah Lou, PhD

Program Analyst, Active Living Research

A National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

University of California, San Diego

Debbie Lou is the program analyst with Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Debbie engages advocacy, policy, and community groups to develop opportunities for research translation and dissemination, especially to ensure the research meets the needs of communities at highest risk for childhood obesity.…

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