Comprehensive School Physical Activity ProgramsPrint Page
A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plan (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach for schools to provide opportunities for students to be physically active for 60 minutes each day. Minutes add up by incorporating physical activity throughout the school day so students can achieve their 60 minutes of daily physical activity. A CSPAP has five main components: high quality physical education, physical activity during the day, physical activity before and after school, staff involvement, and family and community engagement.
Create a CSPAP for your school or district to help students be active for 60 minutes each day!
- Identify a CSPAP committee or integrate the plan into the work of your school health team.
- Share with your district administration the importance of CSPAP and how it connects to academic achievement.
- Assess your existing physical activity opportunities to identify how many minutes of physical activity your school currently provides.
- Create a vision statement, goals, objectives and action plan. Use the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s CSPAP Guide for Schools for reference.
- Evaluate your CSPAP annually and make changes to your plan as needed.
- Incorporate Game On activities into your CSPAP to increase physical activity opportunities for students:
- Physical Education
- Physical Activity During School
- Physical Activity Before and After School
- Staff Involvement
- Family and Community Engagement
Encourage staff to serve as active role models for students by participating with students.
Provide ongoing professional development and resources to school staff members on relevant CSPAP activities.
Ensure physical activity equipment at school is accessible and safe.
Apply for a grant to support your physical activity efforts.
Invite volunteers to join the CSPAP committee. Have volunteers help identify, plan, organize and provide support for Game On activities to incorporate into your CSPAP.