Power Up for 30
Power Up for 30 is now available for secondary schools
Power Up for 30 started as a statewide initiative to combat rising childhood obesity in Georgia. Although it was first launched in elementary schools across the state, this important movement is now expanding to middle schools and Out of School Time sites.
Each school activates Power Up for 30 differently – no two are the same. Middle schools in our pilot program took a range of inventive approaches:
- New student-led fitness clubs before school
- Brain Boosters and other short classroom activity breaks
- Weekly prize drawings for afterschool sports participants
- Academic Accelerators that link GPS curriculum standards to active learning challenges
- Lunchtime walking clubs and schoolwide fun runs
- 20-minute recess without losing instruction time
- 10 minutes of outside “free play” at the end of lunch period
- Field days and other activity-based fundraisers
- a “Science Walk” fitness trail that bridges learning and aerobic activity
Getting kids up and moving on their own time is hard enough. And with no recess requirement in middle school, and limited access to P.E., today’s youth are less active and more likely to be overweight or unable to reach the “Healthy Fitness Zone” in key measures of physical health.
That’s why Power Up for 30 is such an important launch pad for increasing healthy activity throughout a teen’s day.
In this change-making program educators find creative ways to add 30 minutes or more of physical activity into the day for all students – before, during or after school.
Did you know that physical activity and brain activity are linked?
Research suggests that physical activity positively influences brain function – and can translate into improved academic achievement, better classroom behavior, and reduced risk of depression.
Power Up for 30 starts with a one-day free training that offers:
- Highly interactive peer engagement
- An evidence-based framework built on CDC guidelines*
- Strategies for getting less-active kids, or those with physical differences, off the sidelines and into play
- Incentives for teachers and games, videos and other resources for bringing physical activity into any school setting – halls, gyms, cafeterias and outdoor spaces
*Power Up for 30 is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program guidelines, or CSPAP.
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.