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Recorded On: 02/21/2024

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Playgrounds as a Hub for Active, Healthy Schools

There are a wide array of physical, cognitive, and psychological benefits that can be derived from active play. School playgrounds are an ideal setting to promote active play and can be capitalized upon as a hub for comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAP). The purpose of this webinar is to introduce latest research and strategies that can be used to maximize the use of playgrounds to promote an active school culture.  

  1. Identify at least three benefits of active play.
  2. Summarize how school playgrounds can contribute to the five components of CSPAP.
  3. Describe two strategies that can maximize the value of active play on school playgrounds.
  4. Create an advocacy statement to champion the role schools play in student health and wellness.  

Russ Carson, PhD

Research & Community Impact Strategist


Russ has over 20 years of experience as a university Professor in kinesiology and public health, applied researcher, and PlayCore scholar and author of PlayOn! Russ is a passionate speaker on topics of comprehensive health and wellness and a committed champion of research translation and application. He is currently PlayCore’s Research & Community Impact Strategist dedicated to helping professionals turn research into practice for community health impact. Russ lives, works, and plays in northern Colorado.

Brian Dauenhauer, PhD

Professor of Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership

University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Dauenhauer directs the UNC Active Schools Institute, a community-engaged and applied research group focused on preparing physical activity leaders and promoting evidence-based practices in schools. His research interests lie at the intersection of school-based physical activity promotion and effective data-use. He has published 35 juried manuscripts and delivered more than 100 professional presentations at state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Dauenhauer lives in Fort Collins, Colorado and loves to play golf and fish in his free time.      

Anthony Iracki (Moderator)

Professional Development Manager


As an experienced Professional Development Manager, Anthony Iracki is dedicated to making a positive impact in the park and recreation industry. Based in Michigan, he's passionate about promoting inclusion, innovative programming, and community vitality. 

This session will offer the following credits:


        1.0 AIA HSW LU 
    1.0 LA CES HSW PDH

CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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Recording / Playgrounds as a Hub for Active, Healthy Schools
02/21/2024 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/21/2024  |  75 minutes
02/21/2024 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/21/2024  |  75 minutes
Obtaining your CEU Credit
Step 1: Complete Active Healthy Schools Survey
9 Questions
Step 2: Complete Active Healthy Schools Quiz
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
Step 3: Download Active Healthy Schools Certificate
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) credit  |  Certificate available