Teachers have a lot of pressure to meet a series of competing requirements during the school day. Making wellness and activity part of a school’s policy gives teachers permission to get active with their students while still meeting academic demands.
“I like the fact that it’s a policy — therefore when I come out here (to walk with students), I don’t feel like the staff is upset with me for coming out.” Teacher, Campbell Ridge Elementary School, Alexandria, Ky.
School-based policies to increase student physical activity establish formal and informal rules for the entire school community. Many teachers, coaches, and administrators inspire kids to get active, but widespread cultural change usually begins with policy.
Learn more about school wellness policy from the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA)