‘Let’s Move in BPS Recess’ combats childhood obesity by making recess more effective
More than five thousand students in 15 schools will get more out of school recess this school year thanks to a grant of $84,000 from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The grant funds a new program called “Let’s Move in BPS Recess,” which changes the way schools use recess time – leading to more physical activity, more fun and healthier students overall.
“Recess should be more than swing sets and jungle gyms,” said interim Superintendent John McDonough. “By teaming up with the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation we can help our schools organize recess in ways that turn fun activities into learning experiences that challenge students to lead healthier lives. Believe it or not, there is a science to playtime – and we are excited to help our schools get more out of every minute.”
With grant funds, the BPS Health and Wellness Department hired a Let’s Move in BPS Recess coach to work with recess teams at 15 schools to organize more effective recess periods. Changes include: