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Healthy Active Schools

Healthy Active Schools

A healthy active school offers students quality physical education (P.E.) and chances for physical activity before, during and after the school day. Enabling students to get moving throughout the school day gives kids a leg up because physical activity helps students succeed in school and in life.

Kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Regular physical activity for students has been linked to better health, better behavior, and better learning, which all support academic success. Click here  to learn more about how enhancing P.E. will result in higher achievers.

Brain Science

Active kids learn better. Research shows a relationship between physical activity and brain function. Physical activity enhances brain function that p rimes students for learning. This can have an effect on academic performance, and behavior in the classroom. The infographic by Active Living Research illustrates the benefits of physical activity during school.

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Partners supporting the healthy active schools are the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Illinois Public Health Institute, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, South Cook Intermediate Service Center, and West 40 Intermediate Service Center.

Enhanced P.E. In Suburban Cook County

Kids that are more active are healthier. Healthier students are more prepared for class, and when they are prepared for class they learn better.

Illinois has long required daily P.E. for students in grades K-12, as well as new learning standards for physical development and health. Healthy HotSpot partners are supporting schools in suburban Cook County in making physical activity a part of the curriculum throughout the school day. Enhancing P.E. and providing a quality physical education program entails changing policies, practices and curricula so that students spend more time in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA)  during each class.

Check out these Healthy Active Schools on the Healthy HotSpot Map that were recently named National Let’s Move! Active Schools Award Recipients.

Flossmoor School District 161
  • Flossmoor Hills Elementary School, 3721 Beech Street Flossmoor, IL, 60422
  • Heather Hill Elementary School, 1439 Lawrence Crescent Flossmoor, IL, 60422
  • Serena Hills Elementary School, 255 Pleasant Drive Chicago Heights, IL, 60411
  • Western Ave Elementary School, 940 Western Avenue Flossmoor, IL, 60422
J. Sterling Morton High School District 201
  • J. Sterling Morton West High School, 2400 South Home Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402
Berwyn South School District 100
  • Emerson Elementary School, 6850 West 31st Street., Berwyn, IL 60402
  • Freedom Middle School, 3016 S Ridgeland Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402
  • Heritage Middle School, 6850 W 31st Street, Berwyn, IL 60402
  • Hiawatha Elementary School, 6539 W 26th Street, Berwyn, IL 60402
  • Irving Elementary School, 3501 S Clinton Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402
  • Komensky Elementary School, 2515 Cuyler Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402
  • Pershing Elementary School, 6537 W 37th Street, Berwyn, IL 60402
  • Piper Elementary School, 2435 S Kenilworth Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402


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