Activity Promotion Laboratory

The East Carolina University Activity Promotion Laboratory (APL) is located within Minges Coliseum. The APL is equipped with a COSMED portable metabolic measurement system and other state-of-the-art equipment for objective assessment of physical activity and fitness. The APL is the site for research projects on physical activity, fitness, and obesity in children; along with studies examining physical activity adherence and the impact of physical activity participation on physical and psychological health-related outcomes across the lifespan.

After-School Activity Program (ASAP)

The East Carolina University After-School Activity Program (ASAP) is sponsored by the Activity Promotion Laboratory. ASAP is housed in Christenbury Gym on campus and provides a healthy and active after-school environment for 8 to 12 year old children.

Fulfilling a Need

ECU After-School Activity Program Offers Physical Activity, Learning Experiences

NPR Radio Broadcast about Activity Promotion Lab Study

Click play below (Flash Player 8 required) to listen to an NPR radio broadcast about an APL study that examined the effect of a classroom-based physical activity program (Energizers) on on-task behavior and physical activity.

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Energizers

Energizers are classroom-based physical activities that were designed to help teachers integrate physical activity with academic concepts. The energizers were developed by a team from the Activity Promotion Laboratory at East Carolina University. Teachers can download these activities free of charge and are encouraged to incorporate these activities into their classroom.

Our research, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (2006, volume 38, number 12), demonstrated that: (a) Energizers are easy to implement; (b) both teachers and students enjoy the Energizers activities; (c) use of Energizers activities improves on-task behavior of students; and (d) use of Energizers increases the amount of physical activity accumulated over the course of the school day.

Energizers for Grades K - 2 (.pdf)

Energizers for Grades 3 - 5 (.pdf)


Middle School Energizers

Middle School Energizers are classroom-based physical activities that integrate physical activity with academic concepts. The Middle School Energizers were developed by a team from the Activity Promotion Laboratory at East Carolina University. We hope these 10-minute activities make it easier for teachers to implement physical activity into the classroom to improve classroom instruction and increase physical activity levels over the school day. Teachers can download these activities free of charge and are encouraged to incorporate these activities into their classroom.

After-School Energizers

After-School Energizers are physical activities that after-school leaders can use to promote character development, life skills training, and academic enrichment. The After-School Energizers were developed by a team from the Activity Promotion Laboratory at East Carolina University. An after-school leader can help children be physically active by helping them to feel connected to the after-school program and competent in the activities they perform. The more children are exposed to each activity, the more competent they will become in that activity. It is recommended that you try each activity several times – children will become more comfortable with the activity each time you use it and the potential benefits to academic performance, life skills, and character development will increase.

More about After-School Energizers

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The Department of Kinesiology is a member of the American Kinesiology Association.


National Academy of Kinesiology Top Ten

The Ph.D. program in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science has been ranked as a Top 10 program in the country by an independent company (Academic Analytics) and by the National Academy of Kinesiology that benchmark academic and research excellence.