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Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

Position Statements

School Recess
All schools should offer convenient opportunities for students and staff to participate in enjoyable physical activity, and this imperative should be embodied in policy. Recess in elementary schools is particularly important. Recess, while separate and distinct from physical education, is an essential component of the total educational experience for elementary aged children. Recess should not be viewed as a reward to children or denied in order to punish children. The involvement of children in daily, unstructured physical activity during school hours is critical for their current and future health. Full text (pdf)