International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation


TAKE10 is a direct education intervention that combines academic instruction with 10 minute physical activity breaks. In a fun and creative way, TAKE10 promotes physical activity, healthy eating, and learning. Grade-specific learning objectives in areas such as math, reading, language arts, science, social studies, and nutrition and health are incorporated into the various physical activities. The program is designed to fit within the existing school system.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education

Intervention Reach and Adoption

TAKE10 targets K-5 students in a classroom setting. It is designed to be implemented by teachers and fits into the existing school system by allowing academic instruction to continue while students engage in physical activity. TAKE10 has reached 1 million students across the United States through implementation in over 50,000 classrooms.

Setting: School

Target Audience: Elementary School

Race/Ethnicity: All

Intervention Components

TAKE10 includes 10 minute physical activity breaks that incorporate grade-specific learning objectives. The program helps to reduce sedentary behavior and promotes positive health habits. Each grade level features more than 40 activities. A framework for integrating physical activity into the classroom is provided in the TAKE10 teacher manual. As teachers become more comfortable with the program, they can start to develop their own activities.

Intervention Materials

TAKE10 intervention materials include over 40 activity cards, worksheets, tracking posters, stickers, teacher resources, and teacher/student assessment. Information on how to order materials can be found here: http://take10.net/how-to-order/

An example lesson can be found here: http://take10.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/05/2-39-Food-Super-Powers1.pdf

Evidence Summary

Numerous research studies on TAKE10 have been published. A variety of outcomes have been examined including physical activity levels, BMI, academic achievement, and classroom behavior. Examples of positive results found with the TAKE10 program include:

  • Improved BMI
  • Increased physical activity levels
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved on-task behavior

A list of selected publications on TAKE10 can be found here: http://take10.net/resources/

Classification: Evidence-based

Evaluation Indicators

Based on the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework, the following outcome indicators can be used to evaluate intervention progress and success.

Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST) Changes – Medium Term (MT) Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT) Population Results (R)
Individual ST1ST3 MT1MT3 LT1LT3
Environmental Settings
Sectors of Influence

Evaluation Materials

TAKE10 includes student assessments that assess knowledge of the nutrition, physical activity, and general health and safety concepts that were covered through TAKE10.

Additional Information

Website: The TAKE10 website (http://take10.net/) includes general information about TAKE10, ordering information, articles about the program, and contact information.

Contact Person(s):
c/o the ILSI Research Foundation
1156 Fifteenth Street N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 1-202-659-3306
Email: rf@ilsi.org