Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program

The major goal of the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to engage in physical activity (PA) before, during, and after school.  CSPAP supports student participation in at least 60 minutes of PA each day, which includes PA performed outside of school time, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The cornerstone of CSPAP is physical education (PE).  The other four core components of CSPAP are:

  • PA at school
  • PA before and after school
  • Staff involvement
  • Family and community involvement

You can download a PDF summary of the five CSPAP elements.  The CDC also has a no-cost CSPAP Guide, a 70-page comprehensive overview of CSPAP that describes in detail the step-by-step strategies to develop, implement, and evaluate CSPAP.  CSPAP focuses on PE/PA overarching concepts and the basic elements that schools need to consider as they seek to provide more PA opportunities for their students.  SHAPE America, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, produced the guide in 2013.