Schools in Suburban Cook County, Illinois Increase Student Physical Activity

Most school-aged children in suburban Cook County do not meet the recommended standards for daily physical activity. To support schools in implementing enhanced Physical Education (P.E.) to get kids moving more during the school day, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) with several partners offered professional development opportunities, trainings and customized support to schools as part of the Healthy HotSpot initiative. Collectively, efforts have helped to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity in schools and enhance the quality of physical education programs across suburban Cook County. This work was funded by CDC.

 

 

Positive Results

As a result of participating in the Healthy, Active Schools program of the Healthy HotSpot initiative, students of participating schools increased time in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during P.E. class.

The evaluation included 42 suburban Cook County schools, comprising a total of 28,467 students and representing nine school districts.

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