Colorado Active Learning Project

The Pueblo City-County Health Department is partnering with the University of Texas at Austin to offer this project to elementary schools in Pueblo County as well as the following regional counties: Fremont, Las Animas, Huerfano, Otero and Crowley. Elementary schools in these counties will be invited to submit an application and selected schools will receive a mini-grant to purchase necessary equipment and supplies. School staff will also receive training onhow to implement the strategies. This innovative project combines research driven strategies to increase students' daily physical activity minutes and intensity.
 

Strategies

  1. 10-20 minute peer-led or teacher-led activity games.
  2. Enhancement of play areas with loco-motor patterns and academic-related playground markings to support "active learning".
  3. Brain break activities during subject transition time.

 
Benefits
Pueblo County District 70 schools participated in this project during the 2011-2012 school year. The structured observations of the pilot schools' free play and peer-led activity time revealed that students engaged in peer-led games significantly increased the amount of time they spent in vigorous physical activity (VPA) by an average of 12%. The second phase of this project, which compared data from intervention schools to comparison schools, demonstrated the peer-led games had a greater effect on girls across grades, with an average of 13.5% increase in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). The intervention schools demonstrated a statistically significant increase of an average of five minutes of physical activity daily.

This project provides schools with strategies to be in compliance with Colorado House Bill 11-1069, which requires all Colorado elementary schools to provide their students with 30 minutes of physical activity opportunity daily.

For more information please contact Miranda Stovall at (719) 583-4525 or stovall@co.pueblo.co.us
The Colorado Active Learning Project is funded by the Colorado Health Foundation.