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Wisconsin: 60 Minutes to Health and School Success
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Wisconsin CSH 60 Minutes to Health and School Success
A major goal for the Wisconsin state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020, is to have school-aged youth meet the CDC recommendation of 60 minutes of daily physical activity. A strong partnership has been forged to help Wisconsin meet this goal and to find the resources to support this effort at the state and local level. A coordinated effort between the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Department of Health Services, and Clearinghouse has been supported by federal Community Putting Prevention to Work funds. The goal of this state-wide initiative is to improve local and state programs, policies, and environmental approaches to increase the opportunities for school-aged youth to be physically active.
One component of this initiative is the Active Schools project being managed by DPI. Twenty-six schools in 19 school districts received $20,000 awards to support programs and policy changes to increase physical activity before, during and after the school day. Examples of funded projects include maximizing the number of minutes students are active in a physical education class, assessing student fitness levels, increasing physical activity during recess and options for intramural sports options, and supporting after-school programs to provide opportunities for physical activity. Extensive TA and professional development is being provided to the funded schools during all phases of the project. Student behavioral and health outcome data, school program data, and staff input is being collected to evaluate the impact of the Active Schools project over a 20 month period.