Power Up for 30
Power Up for 30 is a collaborative effort between HealthMPowers and Georgia Shape, the governor’s statewide initiative to fight childhood obesity and other children’s health issues in Georgia. Power Up for 30 empowers educators to create an additional 30 minutes of physical activity every day for every child—before, during or after school. Power UP for 30 programming builds on research demonstrating a strong relationship between physical activity and brain function, which often translates into improved academic achievement, better classroom behavior and reduced risk of depression and anxiety.
Relevant strategies for increasing student physical activity.
Power Up For 30 Training is completed over five modules that include a video and handouts. Because each video includes discussion and planning time, it is recommended that the modules are viewed in chronological order with school staff or teams within the staff.
- Identify opportunities to empower youth to become physical activity leaders
- Discover strategies for getting less-active kids, or those with mobility restriction off the sidelines and active
- Explore ways to increase physical activity opportunities for all students throughout the school day
- Receive incentives for teachers and promotional materials for the whole school or center*
- Receive resources to increase physical activity opportunities
- Technical assistance from HealthMPowers and Georgia Shape staff
Power Up for 30 is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program guidelines or CSPAP.
*Schools will receive resources and incentives upon completion of the videos on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.
Power Up for 30 Resources
Heart pumping and highly engaging resources for students and staff.
Games, videos and more for bringing physical activity into any setting—classrooms, offices, hallways, gyms, cafeterias and outdoor spaces.
Become a Power Up for 30 School or Center
Small changes, big impact.
Power Up for 30 builds on the research demonstrating a strong relationship between physical activity and brain function, which often translates into improved academic achievement, better classroom behavior, and reduced risk of depression.
The numbers are great, but they don’t illustrate the true impact that Power Up For 30 continues to have in the lives of Georgia’s youth. EXCEL Academy (McDonough), an alternative secondary school, saw a drastic transformation once school administrators implemented Power Up For 30 strategies. EXCEL prioritized integrating physical activity into daily classroom breaks. Additionally, all students started going on daily school-wide, post-lunch walks.
Former principal, Dr. Anderson, noticed significant behavior changes and a decrease in disciplinary referrals. The final data showed a 79 percent reduction in referrals in one year. That’s the power of Power Up For 30.
Improved Student Behavior
Improved Physical Activity (PA) Opportunities and Time