Activity Works Optimizes the Brain and Body.

Activity Works is an educational program that enhances core curriculum content and stimulates metabolism through multi-sensory, aerobic exercise.


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.



Activity Works explicitly reinforces multiple pathways to learning via auditory, visual and kinesthetic modalities. This multi-sensory stimulation is further enhanced by increased oxygen to brain neurons from moderate aerobic exercise. In addition, students realize a feeling of well-being and improved self-image from exercise which reinforces their desire to be physically active. The increased metabolism and calorie burn helps combat obesity.

Kinetic Protocol


The strength of Activity Works resides in the science at its core. Using a proprietary Kinetic Protocol developed by medical experts, Activity Works helps children reach CDC and state exercise guidelines in short but impactful “activity bursts” throughout the day.

The Kinetic Protocol varies intensity of cardio-pulmonary demand in accordance with medically established guidelines and understanding of safety and other factors for this age group. Original music scores establish exercise intensity and students naturally change pace to move in concert with the changing rhythm. Movements are scripted to both reinforce learning objectives and vary physical intensity in a specific manner.

Product validation testing confirms that moderate to vigorous intensity over the 12-minute duration provides significant benefit to students, and contributes toward the 60 minutes of daily activity recommended by the CDC.

Over the course of the structured 12 minutes, students’ cardio-pulmonary activity is elevated, enhancing oxygen flow, releasing of physical tension and balancing of neurotransmitters in the brain. The cool-down and stretching segments toward the end provide a calming influence, so students return to their classwork with increased ability to focus, that critical prerequisite to learning new information.