Research & Data

Tennessee Data and Reports

Physical Education/Physical Activity Annual Report

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Research


The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children


A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. At a time when early childhood programs are pressured to add more didactic components and less playful learning, pediatricians can play an important role in emphasizing the role of a balanced curriculum that includes the importance of playful learning for the promotion of healthy child development.

CDC Healthy Youth Research and Resources: Health and Academic Achievement


AllKidsBike.org Research and Resources


Obesity Action Coalition - Childhood Obesity Research and Resources

 

Before & After School

Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand – National Report

Power Up Fitness

Family & Community

Elementary schoolchildren's perceived competence and physical activity involvement: the influence of parents' role modeling behaviors and perceptions of their child's competence

Involve Families in Physical Activity in Schools: Data Brief

This brief highlights national data to describe the state of family engagement in physical activity in schools in the United States of America, and identifies key strategies and ideas that parents, school districts and schools can use
to improve family engagement.

During School

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance

The CDC has found many health benefits of incorporating physical activity into school curricula. Additionally, they have found significant evidence base suggesting a positive association between physical activity and academic performance.

The Crucial Role of Recess in School

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.

Exploring the Link Between Physical Activity, Fitness and Cognitive Function

The Illinois State Board of Education and Department of Public Health found a positive relationship between physical activity and youth cognitive function and academic achievement.

Physical Activity and Performance at School: A Systematic Review of the Literature Including a Methodological Quality Assessment

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, this study concludes that physical activity is positively related to children’s academic performance.

Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance

Active Living Research finds the greatest cognitive benefits are associated with vigorous, aerobic activities. Students responded to test questions with greater accuracy after engaging in physical activity.

Critical Connections: Health and Academics

Published in the Journal of School Health, this study finds improvement in health behaviors and academic achievement from increases in school-based physical activity, including improved math test scores.

Data Brief - Involve School Staff in Promoting Physical Activity

This brief highlights national data to describe the state of staff involvement in physical activity in schools in the United States and identifies key strategies and ideas that school staff, school districts, and schools can use.


Keep Recess in Schools: Data Brief

This data brief provides partners in both the education and public health field with national data that describes the state of recess in schools in the United States, and identifies key policies and practices that school districts and schools can put in place in order to promote and implement recess.

Active Education: Physical Education, Physical Activity, and Academic Performance

This research shows that children who are physically active and fit tend to perform better in the classroom and that daily physical education does not hurt academic performance.

Making the Connection: Linking Academic Achievement to Policies to Promote Physical Activity

This brief discusses policy recommendations that promote academic achievement by incorporating physical activity in school-aged children.

School Policies on Physical Education and Physical Activity

This synthesis summarizes the substantial and growing body of evidence about different ways to promote children’s physical activity in schools.

Research-Tested Benefits of Brain Breaks

ARTICLE REVIEWED: Effects of a 16-Week Online Classroom Physical Activity Integration Course on Student-Level Outcomes

Physical Education

Physical Activity, Fitness, and Physical Education: Effects on Academic Performance

The relationship of physical activity and physical fitness to cognitive and brain health and to academic performance is the subject of this chapter from “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School”.

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance

The CDC has found many health benefits of incorporating physical activity into school curricula. Additionally, they have found significant evidence base suggesting a positive association between physical activity and academic performance.

The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Yound Children

 Children need to develop a variety of skill sets to optimize their development and manage toxic stress. Research demonstrates that developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers is a singular opportunity to promote the social-emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and a prosocial brain. Furthermore, play supports the formation of the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with all caregivers that children need to thrive.

Involve School Staff in Promoting Physical Activity: Data Brief

This brief highlights national data to describe the state of staff involvement in physical activity in schools in the United States and identifies key strategies and ideas that school staff, school districts, and schools can use.

Physical Activity Research Center

The Physical Activity Research Center is a collaboration of four leading universities building the evidence base for policy changes and practices that will help make physical activity part of everyday life for all children. PARC focuses on strategies that can help children in lower-income communities, often part of African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnicity groups, who typically have fewer opportunities to be active.


Strengthen Physical Education in Schools: Data Brief

Physical education is an academic subject and is part of a well-rounded education.

Study of the effectiveness of instant activities on student behavior in elementary physical education