New Hampshire - Physical Activity throughout the day: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law recommends physical activity incorporated throughout the school day (e.g. classroom breaks, time for physical activity).

New Hampshire Administrative Rules Ed 306.04 Policy Development

(l) The policy relative to developmentally appropriate daily physical activity pursuant to Ed 310 shall recommend that all pupils participate in developmentally appropriate daily physical activity, exercise, or physical education as a way to minimize the health risks created by chronic inactivity, childhood obesity, and other related health problems. The developmentally appropriate daily physical activity policy shall be in addition to and shall not replace the physical education program requirement in Ed 306.41.


New Hampshire Administrative Rules Ed 310.04 Components of Developmentally Appropriate Daily Physical Activity Policy

(a) The developmentally appropriate daily physical activity policy adopted by each local school board shall recommend practices, which at a minimum:

  • (1) Encourage parents and guardians to support their children's participation in enjoyable physical activities, and recognize that parents and guardians act as role models for active lifestyles;

  • (2) Support special programs such as student and staff walking programs, family fitness events, and events that emphasize life-long physical activity;

  • (3) Encourage the integration of health and physical activity across the school curriculum;

  • (4) Encourage student-initiated activities that promote inclusive physical activity on a school-wide basis;

  • (5) Support committing adequate resources that include program funding, personnel, safe equipment, and facilities;

  • (6) Encourage professional development opportunities for all school staff that will assist them to effectively promote enjoyable and lifelong physical activity among youth, and that will assist school staff to recognize their influenceas role models for active lifestyles;

  • (7) Establish relationships with community recreation and youth sports programs and agencies to coordinate and complement physical activity programs;

  • (8) Encourage physical activity recess periods; and

  • (9) Support a tracking and evaluation method to ensure that all students are engaging in developmentally appropriate daily physical activity.


New Hampshire Administrative Rules Ed 310. 03 Developmentally Appropriate Daily Physical Activity Policy

(a) Each local school board shall adopt a written policy relative to developmentally appropriate physical activities and exercise. Each local school board shall recommend that all the public schools in the school district implement the policy.The policy shall be communicated to students, staff, and parents.

(b) The policy shall recommend that all students in elementary school through high school participate in developmentally appropriate physical activity and exercise for a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes each day as a way to minimize the health risks created by chronic inactivity and other related health problems.

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