Healthy CPS: Physical Activity 

National recommendations for children and adolescents include spending at least 60 minutes per day being physically active. Healthy CPS is working to provide students throughout the district with 60 minutes of daily physical activity through physical education, recess and classroom-based physical activity in elementary schools, and daily physical education and physical activity before, during and after school in high schools.

Healthy CPS

Healthy CPS is supercharging students for learning through the following activities:

Early Childhood

  • Physical activity integrated into daily learning activities and routines
  • Movement breaks every 30 minutes
  • 30 minutes daily of scheduled gross motor play with at least one instance of outdoor play (weather permitting)

Elementary and Middle School

  • 20 minutes of daily recess
  • 30 minutes of daily, quality physical education
  • 10 minutes of daily classroom-based physical activity

High School

  • Daily physical education for students grades 9-12 in the same time increments as other core subjects.
  • Encouragement and support for physical activity before and after school

At Home

Parents can supercharge their children for learning too! Here are some ideas you can do at home:

Elementary and Middle School

  • Join your child's School Wellness Team
  • Get to know the School Wellness Champion
  • Be engaged in what your child is doing in afterschool programs and sports
  • Be a healthy role model to your child by being physically active with him/her
  • Visit the park, and take physical activity breaks with your child
  • Ensure your child has appropriate clothing and gym shoes with closures (e.g. ties, laces, Velcro) so that they can be active throughout the school day
  • Volunteer to be a recess supervisor
  • Talk to your child's physical education teacher about what skills they are learning in class
  • Request an appointment to view your child's physical education class
  • Talk to your child about what they are learning in physical education class
  • Attend a Local School Council meeting to request more physical activity time throughout the school day
  • Meet with your child's classroom teacher to learn more about how physical activity is incorporated into the classroom
  • Incorporate 10 minute activity breaks during homework
  • Limit screen time and keep a TV out of your child's bedroom

High School

  • Join your child's School Wellness Team
  • Be engaged in what your child is doing in afterschool programs and sports
  • Be supportive of your child's physical activity preferences
  • Engage in physical activity with youth at a local YMCA, park, etc.
  • Treat physical education like an academic subject by being aware of the requirements and how it encourages life-long healthy behaviors
  • Talk to your child's physical education teacher about what skills they are learning in class
  • Request an appointment to view a physical education class
  • Attend a Local School Council meeting to request more physical activity time throughout the school day
  • Talk to your child about what they are learning in physical education class
  • Walk around the block after a meal
  • Make a new house rule: No sitting during television commercials
  • Involve the whole family in household chores: cleaning, vacuuming, and yard work

Contact information


Office of Student Health and Wellness

125 South Clark Street
9th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: 773-553-3560
Fax: 773.553.1883
Email: OSHW@cps.edu

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Page Last Modified on Friday, August 08, 2014