Daily Classroom Movement: Physical Activity Integration into the Classroom

By Heather Adams-Blair and Gretchen Oliver.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The researchers of this project addressed the problem of inactivity and obesity in children with a school-based intervention that was developed to instruct, motivate and inspire these children to become or stay active and eat healthy for a lifetime using the classroom setting because most children were seeing their physical educator only once a week (in the most inactive state in the US). This proactive wellness initiative specifically aimed to give students tools for gaining insight and experience to increase personal health and wellbeing. The program was easily adaptable to the community and public.

This program was initiated to create education and opportunities for equal and greater access to health related services; develop and promote programs addressing healthier lifestyles; develop program to obtain maximum use of school/church indoor recreational facilities; improve health education programs for all public school systems; increase emphasis on preventive health maintenance activities; create new cultural awareness of “wellness;” and increase levels of physical activity for a lifetime.

Keywords: Proactive Wellness, Movement in the Classroom, Physical Activity Integration

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.147-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 751.669KB).

Dr. Heather Adams-Blair

Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator, Exercise and Sport Science, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, USA

I am the graduate coordinator for the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. I earned my BA in Human Movement Science from Transylvania University in 1995; my M.Ed in Allied Health from Eastern Kentucky University in 1996; and a Ed.D in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from University of Kentucky in 2000. My professional interests are in integrating more structured activity into the regular classroom. I enjoy teaching sport law and psychology of sport and exercise. My research interests lie within gender issues in leadership roles in sport management; movement in the classroom, core stability in children and psychology of sport. My personal interests are being a mom to the coolest kids around and running half marathons.

Dr. Gretchen Oliver

Clinical Coordinator, GATEP, HPER, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA