ADDRESSES MULTIPLE ISSUES
Activity Works was initially created through the collaborative efforts of North Shore-LIJ Health System, educators and community advocates to assist schools in pursuing three critical health and education objectives simultaneously:
- Foster academic improvement: Multiple research studies have shown that fit students perform better on many forms of academic assessment.
- Reduce childhood obesity: Increasing metabolism and burning calories is part of the solution.
- Close the Physical Education Gap: Getting an additional 60-100 minutes of physical activity into each week by integrating physical education and classroom practice.
No longer are school leaders forced to make a choice between “academics” and “physical education.” Teachers can simultaneously pursue both, within the small space of a typical classroom.