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Classroom Activity Breaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children ages 6-17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. According to the CDC, by implementing strategies that help students stay healthy and physically active through the use of brief classroom activity breaks (i.e.., 5-10 minutes) are associated with improved:

  • Cognitive performance: attention, concentration
  • Classroom behavior: on-task behavior
  • Educational outcomes: standardized test scores, reading literacy scores, math fluency

Beach Cities Health District supports local public schools by incorporating Instant Recess® - a moderate intensity 10-minute activity break integrated into daily class routines. This program was scientifically designed to maximize energy expenditure and enjoyment while minimizing injury risk and perceived exertion.

Benefits of Instant Recess®:

  • Builds social support
  • Provides motivational “teachable” moments
  • 10 minutes of physical activity is enough to produce benefits
  • Schools and companies that have adopted Instant Recess™ have discovered increases in the following areas:
    • Productivity
    • Energy
    • Speed and accuracy
    • Morale and positive behavior
    • Academic performance

To access teacher resources for Classroom Activity Breaks, click here.