Active Settings

Create opportunities for physical activity in the places where people spend their days (e.g. schools, workplaces, out-of-school settings).

Learn about the co-benefits of Active Settings below.


Workplace Wellness Initiatives

Create workplace wellness plans to increase workers’ opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

Physical Activity Policies

Create policies that increase physical activity in school, early care and education environments, or work places.

School Wellness Policies

Develop and enforce strong school wellness policies that limit access to unhealthy foods and promote healthy foods.

Active Time in Schools and Early Care

Increase children’s physical activity by adding active minutes to classrooms, physical education classes, or school recess, or through active play at early care sites.


Active Settings co-benefits include:

Health Care Costs: Employee wellness programs has been shown to lower healthcare costs for companies and reduce employee absences.

Productivity: An increase in school or workplace wellness may lead to reduced absences and better academic or work performance, as well as better morale.

Employee Recruitment and Retention: Workplace wellness programs may increase the attractiveness of a worksite compared to others.

Environment: An increase in active transportation such as walking or biking to work may lead to decreased noise, air pollution and carbon emissions, and fewer parking demands at worksites.

Health Benefits: In addition to reducing obesity, an increase in physical activity associated with active settings can also reduce the risks of the following health related problems:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Colon cancer