What is a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program?

Physical Activity in Nevada Schools

  • Approximately, one in four students do not engage in daily physical activity or daily physical education in Nevada.
  • 26% of adolescents are overweight or obese in Nevada.
  • 6% of youth in grades 9–12th are overweight and 11.4% are obese in Nevada.
  • The state requires physical education to be provided to students in elementary, middle school and high schools. There are no required number of minutes for physical activity.
  • Two credits of physical education are required to graduate high school.
  • Physical activity (recess) is not required, however the Nevada School Wellness Policy requires schools to provide 30 minutes of physical activity opportunity for all students.

Why CSPAP Should be Developed and Benefits to your School
Students who are physically active:

  • Benefit physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Increased academic achievement
    • Activity breaks can improve cognitive performance and classroom behavior.

Help students achieve some or all of the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity.

Meet the physical activity requirement of The Nevada School Wellness Policy, “Schools must provide the opportunity for moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes during each regular school day (as defined by USDA). It is recommended that students be given physical activity opportunities in bouts of 10 minutes at a minimum. Passing periods do not qualify as physical activity time. 30 minutes of physical activity offered daily within schools.”

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Data, Trends and Maps web site. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Atlanta, GA, 2015. Available at www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/DNPAO/index.html.

Active living research. 2012. Using Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Create Active Communities. Retrieve from http://activelivingresearch.org/files/Brief_ActiveEducation_Factsheet_July2012.pdf. Society of Health and Physical Educators. SHAPE of the Nation State Profile, 2016. Retrieved from www.shapeamerica.org/advocacy/son/2016/upload/SON_-Nevada_-2016.pdf.

Nevada School Wellness Policy