Catherine L. Ramstetter, PhD

Research on School Recess

On December 31, 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics released the policy statement on recess, which I co-authored with Dr. Bob Murray.

We received quite a bit of attention! For example:

USA Today

WGN Radio (for this one, click on the little arrow, to play the podcast)

Reuters Health

ABC News

NBC News


As a member of the Committee on Home and School Health (HASH) for the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, I investigated recess in schools in the United States. I was the lead author of an article which was published in the November, 2010 issue of Journal of School Health.

Current actions parents and school communities are taking:

Chicago Public Schools (from the Tribune, May 23, 2011)

Bexley Ohio Parents

In July, 2009, the OAAP launched a public-awareness advocacy campaign to preserve recess in Ohio’s elementary schools. I was invited to present the study at the kick-off of the campaign, and after the forum, we sent a press release to media around the state of Ohio. As a result, I was interviewed or cited in several news outlets around the state:

empty swings

Recess Before Lunch is recommended. Read how some schools are implementing RBL.

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