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Move-to-Improve (MTI) professional development workshops are available to K-5 classroom teachers throughout the city as part of the New York City Obesity Task Force initiatives. Move-to-Improve is a classroom-based physical activity program designed by the New York City Department of Education and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to increase physical activity among students, K-5, in elementary school.

You can share this fact sheet on the MTI program with your school staff.

MTI helps elementary school teachers incorporate short structured fitness breaks into their classrooms. These fitness breaks integrate grade-level academic concepts and physical activity in a 10-minute educational lesson and are aligned to New York State Physical Education Learning Standards. Move-to-Improve can supplement a school's existing physical education program and help schools meet the New York State Education Department mandate of 120 minutes of physical education per week.

All NYC non-charter public schools with classroom teachers serving grades K-5 are eligible to participate in MTI, and receive:

  • A free three-hour professional development workshop (for teachers), usually offered to K-3 and 4-5 teachers separately.
  • An activity guide including age-appropriate fitness breaks.
  • Music CDs.
  • Professional development stipend (UFT training rate) for participating teachers.
  • Free equipment for K-3 teachers.

For a fact sheet on the MTI program to share with school staff, to view the current MTI workshop schedule and to register teachers for an upcoming workshop, see the DOE website.

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