Active Schools

Creating Active Schools

Children should be physically active for at least 60 minutes per day, according to national guidelines. While physical activity is linked to better academic achievement, behavior and self-esteem, it is also an essential component to leading a healthy lifestyle and preventing childhood obesity. Over the last year and a half, Live54218 has increased its capacity to successfully implement a framework for increased student physical activity called Active Schools: Core4+. We are working to support schools in creating healthy environments and promoting student health and achievement through movement.

What is Active Schools: Core 4+?

Active Schools: Core 4+ is a set of five school-related strategies, endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, to increase student physically activity. The strategies are:

1- Active Physical Education (PE) Minutes

2- Active Classrooms

3- Active Recess/ Open Gym

4- Active Before and After School

+ Family and Community Physical Activity

The Core 4+ Active Schools strategies were field tested as part of an Active Schools project from 2010 – 2012. These particular strategies were selected because they:

- Are underutilized
- Are relatively no or low cost
- Have the potential to involve many of the students in a class or school
- Are most feasible to implement
- Are easy to adopt and do not have a lot of barriers to implementation
- Are sustainable

Want to learn more about Active Schools: Core 4+ strategies? Check out the Core 4+ website for more resources.



An active classroom incorporates physical activity throughout the day by adding movement into lesson plans, incorporating physical activity into existing curriculum or by taking short activity breaks to allow students to get moving. Education and Childcare professional can access our Active Classrooms Toolkit for activity ideas.


Active before and after school programs and intramurals, include physical activity for students and perhaps even their families outside the school day. These may be run or supported by the school district alone or in partnership with a variety of community organizations. After- school programs also include programs run in the school building by independent community organizations, such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and others. Access our After School Energizers Toolkit for activity ideas.