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Classroom energizers


For the first time in more than 100 years, our children’s life expectancy is declining due to the increase in childhood obesity rates. Children born now can expect to live fewer years than their parents.

Energizers are classroom-based activities that integrate physical activity (PA) with academic concepts. It is an evidence-based intervention proven to increase student physical activity levels.

Including physically active lessons in the day provides another learning opportunity for students. Just as audio and visual learning cues are varied, kinesthetic or movement oriented cues should also be included. The brain learns best in the calming state – physical activity helps the brain reach a balanced, calm state, increasing learning potential.

Classroom Energizers is an evidence-based intervention that increases elementary and secondary student physical activity levels. These short physical activity breaks integrate with academic concepts to reinforce classroom work and help refocus the students' attention on classroom tasks.

We offer an onsite 2-hour workshop for teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other school staff to learn and practice using Energizers in their own schools. For more information, contact Betsy Johnson (john3064@umn.edu; 218-259-1402).

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For SNAP-Ed qualifying schools, contact your local SNAP-Ed educator or regional coordinator.

For all others, contact Betsy Johnson, MPH, Extension Educator in Health & Nutrition at john3064@umn.edu or call 218.327.5958 x3006.
Please allow 4-6 weeks advance notice to schedule your onsite school or district-level training.

Related resources

Move Your Way — Physical activity guidelines for Americans from health.gov

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