Physical Activity: Classroom-based Physical Activity Break Interventions

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Systematic Review

Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: August 2021

Classroom-based physical activity breaks are structured breaks between academic lessons when a teacher directs a bout of physical activity. The Community Preventive Services Task Force conducted a systematic review of the evidence and recommends classroom-based physical activity break interventions based on findings that this intervention increases the amount of time primary school students engage in physical activity. The recommended break interventions:

  • Involve moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
  • Range from 4 to 10 minutes in length
  • Include training for teachers
  • May include additional resources to engage students in physical activity
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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2021). Physical Activity: Classroom-based Physical Activity Break Interventions. Retrieved from