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Document Number: 10695

Do Short Physical Activity Breaks in the Classroom Work? - With decreasing budgets for physical education and worrisome rates of childhood obesity, in-class activity breaks are gaining in popularity. This brief reviews those “break” programs that were researched. Some feature 10-minute bouts through the day; others tie physical activity to class learning. One is grade-specific and tied to the core curriculum. By checking pedometers, researchers found the kids did move more; also, some programs resulted in improvement in on-task behavior, found students took less ADHD and asthma medications, and visited the school nurse fewer times....


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