Physical Activity Across the Curriculum (PAAC) (Leon Greene, University of Kansas)

Nov. 9, 2011

2:30 p.m.
Presented by:Leon Greene, Associate Professor, Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences, KU School of Education
Room 146 JRP
The University of Kansas

Many curriculums in schools today promote sedentary behavior. Children spend a large part of the day seated during lessons and spend less time in recess to allow additional academic instruction. Physical education is only required two days a week in the state of Kansas. In an effort to understand the effect of physical activity during school time, KU researchers designed a program aimed at diminishing childhood obesity through an innovative intervention that emphasizes physical activity that is accumulated throughout the school day, taught by classroom teachers, and delivered through standard academic lessons. Leon Greene, one of the co-principal investigators on this NIH-funded project, trained second- through fifth-grade teachers to incorporate physical activity in their regular lessons. Although the intent of the project was to reduce sedentary time of elementary school students, researchers also wanted to assess the effect physical activity had on student learning and academic achievement. Greene will discuss the results of this project and the framework for a current, similar NIH-funded grant, A+PAAC, while actively involving the audience in some of the curriculum activities he designed and helped teachers implement into their daily classroom routines.