Time is a critical concern in the education sector. Classroom teachers are under increasing demands to meet national and state annual yearly progress, which sometimes limits time for physical education, recess, or other physical activity sessions.
Administrators and educators also express concern about exchanging classroom time for physical activity, health, or nutrition education, citing the possible negative impact on standardized test scores and overall student achievement. In addition, financial concerns persist for many schools, which raises the issue of finding ways to simultaneously meet learning standards and budgets.
To address these issues, the ILSI Research Foundation created TAKE 10!® to:
- offer a cost-effective program that links physical activity with academic learning objectives,
- provide a fun and innovative classroom-based curriculum tool for teachers,
- help children and teachers meet recommended daily physical activity requirements,
- reduce periods of inactivity during the school day while helping students learn about the importance of health and physical activity, and
- assist children in developing lifetime health behaviors.
Through the unique design of the TAKE 10! program, teachers are able to maintain a focus on classroom objectives while students engage in 10-minute periods of physical activity in a fun and educationally meaningful way. Current research suggests that TAKE 10! may enhance students’ learning potential. For more information, visit the Evidence section.
TAKE 10! activities are designed to be inserted into long, sedentary learning blocks. Click here to download what a school schedule looks like for a regular classroom versus a TAKE 10! classroom.
Classroom Tips and Teacher Resources
A variety of helpful classroom tips and teacher resources are available here.