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Innovative New UNC Degree Prepares School Leaders of Physical Activity

Responding to a Critical Need

Childhood obesity levels in the United States are at an all-time high, and efforts to lower these rates have not been impactful enough to combat this trend. Due to the fact that children spend the majority of their day at school, educators have been charged with placing a revitalized emphasis on physical activity and health promotion efforts within and beyond the school environment.

Comprehensive physical activity plan diagram

These efforts are in line with a nationwide initiative to implement comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAP).

Preparing Physical Activity Leaders

In response to this new role, UNC used the CSPAP framework to create our new Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership Master of Arts in Teaching. This program is one of the first in the nation to create ambassadors for physical activity and education.

Students in this program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to have an immediate impact on public health, future generations and the schools they serve.

Learn more about the Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership MAT


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