American Heart Association and Department of Health Partner to Train Providence Teachers in Keeping Kids Active

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The American Heart Association (AHA) will be hosting a free Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) training for physical education teachers in the Providence Public School District. CSPAP is designed to teach schools how to increase physical activity opportunities before, during, and after school for students, families, and school staff. Staff from the Rhode Island Department of Health will provide the training, and teachers will share best practices of activities already being undertaken, including before and after school fitness classes, in-class physical activity breaks, active recesses, yoga for teachers, and family engagement events.

The American Heart Association recommends children get 60 minutes a day of physical activity, as a key element of preventing heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that physical activity can also lead to better academic performance. A recent AHA poll of 400 registered voters in Providence concluded that 91% of voters favor having schools incorporate physical activity throughout the school day.

The CSPAP training is co-sponsored by the RI Healthy Schools Coalition, RI Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the RI Department of Health. The program has the potential to impact more than 10,000 students in the Providence Public School District.

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex – 182 Thurbers Ave, Providence RI, 02905

For More Information: Contact Candace.Pierce@heart.org or 401-228-2336

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About the American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, visit heart.org/sne or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. #GetHealthyProv

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