Arizona - Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program: Policy Requirement
Arizona K-12 Physical Education Standards THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH-ENHANCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Physical educators in schools are the logical lead persons who can assist classroom teacher colleagues with infusing daily PA breaks during the school day. They are also best positioned to be the school leaders in helping create school campus environments that are fully supportive of and provide access to and opportunity for PA during physical education lessons and other parts of the school day (i.e., before, during and after school) (see also the outline of the CSPAP framework below).
Arizona K-12 Physical Education Standards Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
The Arizona Physical Education Standards support the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) national framework created by SHAPE America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013). CSPAP is a multi-component approach by which school districts and schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active, meet the nationally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be physically active for a lifetime. There is a substantial body of evidence that CSPAPs can produce substantial increases in students’ health-enhancing physical activity, using a variety of specific programmatic and environmental interventions (Ward, 2011).
As shown in Figure 1 below, CSPAPs reflect strong coordination and synergy across five components:
- Effective physical education as the anchor program component
- Physical activity before, and after school
- Physical activity during school
- Staff involvement, and
- Family and community engagement