Physical Activity: Classroom-based Physically Active Lesson Interventions

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Systematic Review

Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: August 2021

Classroom-based physically active lessons are those in which teachers direct bouts of physical activity during an academic lesson. The Community Preventive Services Task Force conducted a systematic review of the evidence and recommends classroom-based physically active lesson interventions based on findings that this intervention lead to increased physical activity and to improved academic outcomes for students. The recommended lesson interventions:

  • Involve moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
  • Range from 10 to 30 minutes in length
  • Include training for teachers, like lesson plans and resources to engage students in physical activity
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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2021). Physical Activity: Classroom-based Physically Active Lesson Interventions. Retrieved from