Structured fitness opportunities
66. Structured fitness opportunities
To promote safe and convenient exercise through access to on-site professional fitness training and education.
Access to advice and training programs developed by experts can help individuals learn new fitness techniques and achieve physical health goals. Individuals with special considerations that require further guidance to ensure they engage in physical activity routines that are safe and appropriate for their level or particular disability can especially benefit from expert guidance. Training programs, depending on frequency and duration, can help increase aerobic fitness and muscle endurance, assist in weight loss, lower blood pressure and decrease worker absenteeism. Providing individuals with access to fitness services is an important step towards making exercise a part of a healthy work culture.
The following is offered at least once a month:
Classes from a qualified professional are offered at least once every 3 months to cover the following:
Early education, elementary and middle schools must implement the following recess policies:
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Verification Methods Matrix
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The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends worksite physical activity programs, including the provision of on-site facilities for exercise.
The North Carolina Board of Education Policy Manual GCS-S-000, Section 3 (Recess and Physical Activity) (a) states that recess and other physical activity times "shall not be taken away from students as a form of punishment."
The North Carolina Board of Education Policy Manual GCS-S-000, Section 3 (Recess and Physical Activity) (b) states: "A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided by schools for all K-8 students daily."
The Model Local Wellness Policy developed by the Michigan Department of Education notes that recess before lunch "gives students the opportunity to excel in both health and academics."