Comprehensive School-Based Physical Activity Promotion: A Review

Heather Erwin, Aaron Beighle, Russell L. Carson, Darla M. Castelli

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Physical activity (PA) participation levels among youth remain well below national recommendations. Thus, a variety of strategies to promote youth PA have been advocated, including multifaceted, school-based approaches. One identified as having great potential is a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP). The goal of a CSPAP is to develop a school culture conducive to promoting lifelong PA across five integral components, each serving as a plausible point of intervention: (a) physical education, (b) PA during school, (c) PA before and after school, (d) staff involvement, and (e) family/community involvement. The purpose of this article is to provide an up-to-date review on all CSPAP components, propose the potential of such comprehensive interventions in increasing youth PA levels, and provide future directions for CSPAP research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-428
Number of pages17
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Physical activity
  • adolescent
  • physical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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