Physically Active Learning

3rd Annual Wellness Summit on Physically Active Learning

Posted May 14, 2015

Teachers, district leaders, program managers, youth and community members attended this half-day conference focusing on children’s physical activity in learning environments. The summit included:

  • Keynote address from Dr. Bill Kohl, Professor and Associate Regional Dean, UT School of Public Health
  • Hands-on training sessions in three areas of physical activity: classrooms, outdoors, and the creative arts
  • Grantee award presentations to 12 Central Texas schools and nonprofit organizations
  • Networking and best practice sharing with the community’s top leaders and practitioners in child health and education

This year's summit was possible thanks to generous funding from the St. David's Foundation.

You can learn about each project that our 2015 Physically Active Learning grant awardees did below!


Physically Active Learning grant graphic 300x158 | Community Collaborative for Child HealthGrants Awarded for Physical Activity + Learning Projects

Posted March 12, 2015

This February, the Michael & Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health (the “Collaborative”) awarded over $5,000 in mini-grants to Central Texas schools and non-profit groups who are initiating unique physical activity projects on their campuses. The Collaborative has dubbed this collection of projects Physically Active Learning; the theme reinforces Center research like the Active Play, Active Learning project, and publications like “Promoting teacher adoption of physical activity breaks in the classroom: findings of the Central Texas CATCH Middle School Project” (Delk J, Springer, AE, Kelder, SH, Conklin, M; Journal of School Health, 2014).  See the list of awardees on our blog.

2015 Physically Active Learning Grant Awardees:

This February, the Michael & Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health (the “Collaborative”) awarded over $5,000 in mini-grants to Central Texas schools and non-profit groups who are initiating unique physical activity projects on their campuses. The Collaborative has dubbed this collection of projects Physically Active Learning; the theme reinforces Center research like the Active Play, Active Learning project, and publications like “Promoting teacher adoption of physical activity breaks in the classroom: findings of the Central Texas CATCH Middle School Project” (Delk, et al.; Journal of School Health, 2014).

Below are posters that were created for each of the grant awardees and shared at this year's summit on Physically Active Learning.  Click on the images to learn more about each project.

Bagdad Elementary

Implementing a “Fit Facts” program to integrate math with physical activity in physical education classes and at school assemblies. Students are physically active on rebounders while practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.

Blanton Elementary

Piloted the replacement of classroom chairs with stability balls as an initiative of their S.W.A.T. (Student Wellness Action Team) in order to stimulate and affect brain activity.

Casey Elementary

Supporting and promoting family engagement in various "Fitness Family Contest" initiatives throughout the school year. Casey uses "Fit Bucks," each family gets a fit buck every time a parent participates with their child in a healthy activity hosed by the Casey Running Crocs. When they have enough "Fit Bucks" the families can purchase items.

Creedmoor Elementary

Implementing playground markings to encourage and improve active learning in math, science and English lessons and to incorporate brain breaks in and out of the classrooms.

Eastside Memorial High School

Collaborating across multiple departments, the “Panther Push Up Challenge,” which seeks to increase student interest in personal health. Learn more about the Panther Push up Challenge here in this video the school created.

Keep Austin Beautiful

Teaching students skills to prepare them for a multi-day camping adventure while also exploring the natural history of the Central Texas region. The trip offers experiences such as camping, building campfires, hiking, swimming in the Colorado River, star-gazing, being out of the city and away from home.

Katherine Anne Porter School

Implementation and promotion of unique, nontraditional physical education activities, courses and after-school classes incorporating yoga mats, dodge ball sets, hula hoops, and crash mats.

River Oaks Elementary

Creating playground markings to help connect core curricular areas with opportunities for more physical activity. Project goals are to engage students, parents and the community to get involved and encourage physically active learning.

St. Austin Catholic School

Incorporate physical activity into the learning structure of the school curricula, outside of recess and PE classes. Implementing an active learning space with supporting materials including brain break activity cards and other classroom equipment.

The Ghisallo Foundation & Lee Elementary

This partnership will work to develop the first Bike Blub after-school program where students will learn a mix of riding, safety and bicycle maintenance skills. The focus will be on exploration, navigation and transportation.

The Ghisallo Foundation & Reilly Elementary

This partnership will develop a Bike Club to help children learn to explore their communities, navigate around their city, and actively transport to parks, the pool, their friends houses, school or home.

UT Austin Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Assessing perceptions of elementary teachers toward classroom physical activity and the feasibility and impact of a newly designed professional development training.