Fewer than half of elementary school-aged children meet the recommendation of 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Daily, high-quality recess provides the perfect venue to help significantly more children reach this goal. Fit4Kids and the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children lead Making the Most of Recess–an initiative to improve the quality and consistency of recess in our region. Working together, we aim to increase the physical activity levels of students on the playground, which will spark greater learning and success in the classroom. By providing technical assistance to principals, training teachers, educating policy makers, and donating recess equipment, we hope to make recess an essential part of every student’s school day–reading, writing, arithmetic, and RECESS!

“My students loved working with a recess coach this year. Students that did not normally participate in physical activity during recess were playing and having fun.”

Teacher at Woodville Elementary