CPS Releases Comprehensive Health Report to Guide Student Wellness

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CPS released The Movement Movement, a roadmap for the future of Physical Education (PE) in the District. This report was created in collaboration with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and further establishes Chicago as a national leader in prioritizing Physical Education.

The Movement Movement (formerly known as Minds in Motion) was compiled throughout 2013 and contains input from over 500 stakeholders, including teachers, parents, students, administrators, community partners and academics. The report will serve as a guide for schools to provide providing students with access to high quality physical education and other opportunities for physical activity throughout the day.
Research has shown that high-quality physical education can have a profound impact on both student health and academic achievement. Benefits include:

  • Improved Brain Function: Physically active students score higher in reading comprehension with just 20 minutes of physical activity per day.
  • Improved Test Scores: Active students score higher on standardized tests.
  • Improved Behavior: Suspensions and disciplinary action decrease by 50-60 percent when PE is offered five days a week.
  • Improved Health: Regular physical activity leads to lower incidence of disease and improved mental health.

In order to support schools in expanding PE next year, CPS is leveraging $21.5 million in TIF surplus funds over two years to hire teachers who can assist with the implementation of daily PE. The funds will help level the playing field for each and every child, ensuring that students in every area of the city have access to a well-rounded education. CPS’ TIF surplus will partially fund positions for 168 full time teachers: 84 art teachers and 84 PE teachers next school year. To access the full report, visit: http://www.learnwellcps.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/CPS_MovementMovement.pdf.

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