Physical Activity Design Guidelines for School Architecture: New tool for built environment researchers and designers

According to a 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, up to 50 percent of a child’s waking hours are spent in school. Furthermore, much of this time is spent sedentary. In efforts to decrease childhood obesity, research has increasingly focused on physical activity in the school environment. As this body of evidence continues to grow, however, a knowledge gap has formed between research and school design practice.

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Video highlights school design enhancements through use of guidelines

The Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture, the result of an innovative collaboration between public health researchers and school architects, offers a practical set of strategies for creating and sustaining school food environments that ultimately decrease and prevent childhood obesity.

This video documents the story of Buckingham Elementary School in Dillwyn, Va., a school that did renovations using the design guidelines in order to improve its ability to adopt a healthy nutrition curriculum and promote healthy eating.

Watch the video below.