Playground Zoning Increases Physical Activity During Recess
Steve Ball, associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, says that playground zoning is one way schools can be proactive in their students’ health and wellness.
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Story posted: Aug. 08, 2016
By: Sheena Rice
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Most grade school students are likely to claim recess as their favorite period of the day; however, in many cases recess still can be sedentary with students not engaging in enough physical activity. Now researchers from the University of Missouri have found that zones with specific games can improve physical activity, improving a child’s chance of engaging in the recommended 60 minutes of “play per day,” an effort endorsed by many health organizations as well as the National Football League. Researchers found that average physical activity increased by 10 percent and children averaged 175 more steps on a zoned playground compared to a traditional playground.