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Walk Kansas State Leader

Sharolyn Jackson
Sharolyn Flaming Jackson
K-State Research and Extension
1007 Throckmorton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


A health initiative presented by Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

Instant Recess

Children look forward to recess breaks in school everyday. Wouldn't it be great if adults could take a recess break too?

Dr. Toni YanceyInstant Recess was created by the late Dr. Toni Yancey, professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, Co-Director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, and board member of the Public Health Institute and the Partnership for a Healthier America. She created "Instant Recess" – tools that inspire people of all ages to move and be active 10 minutes at a time.

Get your organization moving with these ideas:

  • Take a 10-minute activity break at a scheduled time everyday at your workplace or any place where people gather for an hour or more. It can be structured activity (like Instant Recess) or just a brisk walk.
  • For every hour that you sit to perform your job or a task, stand for at least two minutes during that hour. (You burn 33% more calories when standing instead of sitting.)
  • Make standing ovations vs. sitting and clapping, the standard way to show appreciation for speakers, etc.
  • Link networked computers to printers a short walk away from work or study spaces.
  • Replace some conference and desk chairs with stability balls.
  • If you are a presenter, in charge of meetings, a classroom teacher, etc. – structure time to include activity/standing breaks.

Instant Recess videos to get you movin'!

Recapturing Recess
Sports Theme

Celebrating Success!

I set my phone to remind me to move every hour and kept weights at my desk for quick 5-minute workouts and during breaks.
Grant County