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Briarwood Elementary School Case Study

Summary

 
Kids spend up to 2,000 hours – nearly a quarter of their lives during this time – at school, where teachers, peers and the environment have an enormous influence on behaviors related to nutrition, wellness and exercise.1 Evidence continues to show that being active improves learning, and yet, only half of elementary schools nationwide require physical education.2  
 
At Briarwood Elementary school in Olathe, Physical Education teacher Chant Stuewe and Principal Sean Bohon wanted to make sure their students weren’t missing out on opportunities to be active and learn the importance of exercise. To encourage physical activity, Chant created fun and educational exercises that his students love and can even do outside of school.
 
Chant has also created brief exercises – called Brain Breaks – to help teachers integrate physical activity into classroom lesson plans and keep kids and staff moving throughout the day. The brain shifts attention every 90 minutes, so offering even five minutes of physical activity during classroom instruction can improve concentration and comprehension.3  Brain breaks let kids stretch their legs and give staff an opportunity to serve as positive role models for healthy living.
 
Since introducing Brain Breaks, bringing Fuel Up to Play 60 programs to the school and revamping PE, there have been fewer disciplinary problems at Briarwood and students are performing better in the classroom.  
 
Additional resources
  • 135 in-school activity breaks from Fuel Up to Play 60 to help incorporate movement into lesson plans and learning. 

[3] A Guide for Developing Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.US Department of Health and Human Services; 2013.

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