IMAH – Physical Activity

The Board recognizes that developmentally appropriate daily physical activity, exercise and physical education are ways to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Board recommends that all students in elementary through high school participate in developmentally appropriate physical activity and exercise at for at least 30 to 60 minutes each day as a way to minimize health risks.

  1. Encourage parents/guardians to support their children’s participation in enjoyable physical activities, and recognize that parents/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 lifelong 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 schoolwide basis;
  5. Support committing adequate resources that include physical education 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 influence as 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.

Legal References:

RSA 189:11-a, Food and Nutrition Programs
NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 310, Appropriate Daily Physical Activity

Category: P

1st Read: September 7, 2010
2nd Read: January 20, 2011
Adopted: January 20, 2011