Resources for Classroom Energizers

September 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Posted in Physical Activity - During School | Leave a comment

The following information is from Columbus Public Health Department’s monthly eletter, which is a free monthly publication for the school community.  Each month focuses on a timely topic, and features grant and workshop opportunities in central Ohio . For more information, E-mail or call Jen Morel at Columbus Public Health, Office of Health Planning 614-645-6055.  To view past issues of Health & Nutrition Flash, visit our website at:



Health & Nutrition Flash

GOOD HEALTH…A Basic Foundation for Teaching and Learning
September 2009

Welcome Back! Students are Ten Minutes Away from Stronger Minds and Bodies!


Without a doubt, students will need time to re-adjust to the classroom schedule and being inside for the majority of the day. You can help them adjust to the new routine by building ten minute physical activity breaks during the day. These quick and fun breaks will get students through the mid-morning or afternoon slump, improve overall concentration, behavior, and academic performance, and will increase the time students spend “on-task” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).


Several Central Ohio school districts have asked teachers to begin incorporating health and wellness programming into their curriculum each week. There are several resources available that can help teachers promote wellness and physical activity such as:


Energizers- Energizers are classroom based physica activities that integrate physical activity with academic concepts which are already being taught. They are tailored for elementary and middle school grade levels, and there are over 45 energizers that can be used in K-5 curriculum. There are Energizers for healthful living, language arts, math, music, science and social studies for middle school students. Teachers can download or order free copies of the energizers by visiting


Take 10!- The Take 10! program is another physical activity-based classroom program for Pre-K children and elementary school students. It was created by teachers and integrates academic learning objectives, such as math, social studies, language arts, science, and health with age appropriate movement. The program comes with a teacher toolkit and resources. To learn more about the Take 10! Program, visit


Other ideas to incorporate more physical activity into the school day include:

• Have students get up and stretch, jump or dance for five minutes between subjects.

• Start or end each day with ten minutes of activity such as stretches or aerobic activities.

• Give students pedometers to help them track their steps throughout the school day.


Encourage students to walk or run extra steps during recess.

• Reward students with physical activity by having extra recess, dancing to music in the

classroom for a few minutes or allowing students to earn other extra physical activity time for

good behavior during the week.

• Use classroom parties as on opportunity to dance, hold relays, offer active scavenger hunts

or challenge another classroom to an activity.

• Use lessons that integrate physical activity across all content areas (such as Energizers and Take 10!).

Funded by the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and admnistered by the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Cardiovascular Health Program. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC. 





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