Web Forum

Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students’ Physical Activity
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific

This is part one of a two-part Web Forum series designed to promote more physically active recess in schools. Click here for part two.

Part one is intended for school administrators, public health practitioners (e.g. school wellness coordinators), and parents who want to learn how to influence policies and practices that support the overall health and well-being of students.

Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D. and Aaron Beighle, Ph.D., experts in improving physical activity in children, will discuss the Ready for Recess program, which works to reverse the trend of childhood obesity with specific strategies and tactics to maximize the benefits of recess. This program is based on research conducted by Drs. Huberty and Beighle, which showed that children are most active at recess when environments support physical activity participation.

During this Web Forum, presenters will discuss:

  • The academic and health benefits of recess being frequent and efficient
  • Which tools are needed to encourage children to be physically active at recess
  • What administrators can do to support teachers and staff to implement activities at recess
  • How parents and public health practitioners can advocate for recess that promotes more physical activity






    Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
    Arizona State University
    Phoenix, AZ

    Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D.Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D., is an Associate professor at Arizona State University in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Exercise and Wellness program. Her research interests include physical activity adherence and lifestyle behavior change in women and children. She is co-author of the book entitled, Designing Effective Physical Activity Interventions. Dr. Huberty is the founder and director of Fit Minded, an innovative physical activity adherence program for adult women. (http://healthpromotion.asu.edu)

    Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY

    Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.A former elementary physical education teacher, Aaron Beighle holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and specializes in the areas of physical education and physical activity for youth. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky where he trains future physical educators and conducts research in the area of physical activity promotion for youth. Dr. Beighle has consulted with school districts, recreation programs, and youth sport organizations across the country in their efforts to maximize physical activity experiences and promote youth to be physically active for a lifetime. (http://education.uky.edu/KHP)


    Deborah Lou, PhD
    Program Analyst
    Active Living Research
    A National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    University of California, San Diego

    Deborah Lou, PhDDebbie Lou is the program analyst with Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Debbie engages advocacy, policy, and community groups to develop opportunities for research translation and dissemination, especially to ensure the research meets the needs of communities at highest risk for childhood obesity. She is co-author of a research synthesis with Dr. Wendell Taylor titled “Do All Children Have Places to be Active?” This synthesis reviews evidence showing that lower-income people and racial and ethnic minorities often live in communities that discourage active living. (www.activelivingresearch.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Huberty and Beighle/ASU
and U of KY



The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.


The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

Ready for Recess
Ready for Recess Facebook page


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

Public Health Institute Logo http://www.activelivingresearch.org/

Public Health Institute

Active Living Research