Obesity rates among children and adolescents have increased significantly in the past 20 years. Although a poor diet is often cited as the culprit for the rise in childhood obesity, the key to prevention is achieving energy balance. 

Short bouts of physical activity  have been shown to have health benefits.1 The ILSI Research Foundation worked with education and health experts to develop TAKE 10!® in 1999 to promote structured, 10-minute activities in the elementary classroom. 

Each grade-specific kit is divided by academic content area:  language arts, math, science, social studies, and general health.  TAKE 10! helps children understand the importance of fun, physical activity, and other healthful behaviors, including nutrition, while reducing sedentary behavior, improving attention, and promoting structured physical activity breaks during the school day.

As of fall 2011, TAKE 10! has been disseminated to more than  55,000 elementary classrooms in the United States. International studies are also being conducted in Brazil (TIRE 10!), China (HAPPY 10!), England (TAKE 10! UK), and Colombia.

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1.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; 1996.