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Students integrate physical activity into the
classroom through brain breaks

March 21, 2016

School days at Emma C. Chase Elementary School just got healthier, thanks to a team of fourth and fifth grade students.

Students are trying to integrate physical activity into the classroom by creating a collection of “brain breaks.” Brain breaks are short reprieves from learning that encourage students to get up and have a little physical fun to give their mind a rest and refocus their energy.

Students created a set of brain breaks by putting exercise commands on Popsicle sticks. Brain breaks are meant to be selected at random and done individually, which means the speed of movement, and number of repetitions can be easily adjusted so that students can move at their own pace.

Students are also creating a book of quick, inexpensive and healthy snack. Once completed, the book will be shared with parents and teachers.

These students are part of the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 team and meet during their lunch periods to brainstorm ways they can help students and their families lead healther and active lives. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Dietetic Association that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school.

Through Fuel Up to Play 60, students can win cool prizes, like an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day. The goal is to help students to make a difference not only in their lives, but also their community.

For more information, please contact physical education teacher Tamara Coney at