Playworks: Student and School Outcomes

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Many children—by some estimates, 40 percent—no longer have recess during a typical school day. Tighter budgets, safety concerns, and lack of recreational space have contributed to the decline of recess, particularly in low-income schools. At the same time, research has documented a link between physical activity and classroom success, with just 15 minutes of play time each day producing a positive impact on academic achievement.

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