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  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Texas district implements program designed to find balance - ET CETERA
    A program called Let's Inspire Innovation 'N' Kids, or LiiNK, is focused on combining education with developing children’s social, physical and emotional health. The program includes both recess and lessons, titled "Positive Action," in curriculum designed to teach character development. Values taught in lessons include honesty, empathy and respect.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Wilson PE teacher blends body and mind - ET CETERA
    Physical education brings to mind the body, but to a nationally recognized Wilson High School teacher it's about the whole person. Elizabeth Burkhart's approach to a variety of activities, mindfulness, identifying the personal interests of students, and teaching life sports earned the Berks County teacher SHAPE America's Eastern District’s High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Saudi Arabia to offer physical education classes for girls - ET CETERA
    Does Islam allow girls to play tag? What about soccer? Such questions have suddenly become points of public policy in Saudi Arabia as public schools in the ultraconservative kingdom prepare, for the first time in their history, to offer physical education for girls.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: 'Dirt is good': Why kids need exposure to germs - ET CETERA
    As a new parent, Jack Gilbert got a lot of different advice on how to properly look after his child: when to give him antibiotics or how often he should sterilize his pacifier, for example. After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago, decided to find out what's actually known about the risks involved when modern-day children come in contact with germs.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Iowa board considers PE requirements - ET CETERA
    The debate over whether or not students in Iowa's Oskaloosa Community School District need to take physical education classes has been discussed by school district officials for several years. During a recent meeting of the district Board of Directors, Superintendent Russ Reiter provided members of the board with an extremely detailed breakdown of the physical education requirements and regulations facing the district.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: From our journals: Wiffle ball: Turning a backyard favorite into an appropriate physical education unit - ET CETERA
    Wiffle ball is a game that has been played by people from all walks of life. Regardless of age, it is a game that all can enjoy. Wiffle ball is intended to be fun and played by all. The physical education classroom is a place to provide students with a developmentally appropriate approach to learning the game. This special open access article spotlights the universal game. Become a member and subscribe to Strategies for access to all articles.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: A quiet revolution in education - ET CETERA
    Physical education classes at Pennsylvania's Kutztown High School have started using devices similar to a Fitbit. The wristwatch-like "wearable" technology tracks things like heart rates and is aimed at teaching students how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Philadelphia doctors are now prescribing park visits to city kids - ET CETERA
    In a darkened room at Philadelphia's CHOP Primary Care, Cobbs Creek, physician Chris Renjilian set up a projector and debriefed doctors, nurses, and other staff on a new intervention that the office will begin offering to patients in its care. The medical breakthrough in question? Prescription-strength outdoor play.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: How wearable tech is changing the fitness game - ET CETERA
    For the past 11 years, the American College of Sports Medicine has published a list of the top 20 health and fitness trends for the upcoming year. In what is a relatively new project, it is interesting to see how public perception of fitness has changed over the years. For the second year in a row, wearable technology holds the top spot on the list of health and fitness trends as individuals are taking control of their own fitness expectations.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child's brain - ET CETERA
    The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for the preschoolers at the Verner Center for Early Learning are designed to help kids cope with intense stress so they can learn. But experts hope there's an even bigger benefit — protecting young bodies and brains from stress so persistent that it becomes toxic.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Most Americans dedicate 5 hours a week to outdoor play - ET CETERA
    According to a recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the typical American spends five hours per week on outdoor play, which includes exercising, participating in organized sports, playing with kids at a playground, taking a walk in a neighborhood or local park, or taking a swim. Research shows that outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, especially in children.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Line dancing, a fun way to work out your body and mind - ET CETERA
    In South Florida, many are line dancing as a unique and fun way to work out the body and the mind. But this isn't your typical do-si-do. Line dancing has evolved over the years.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Why jumping rope is a shockingly good workout - ET CETERA
    A jump rope feels decidedly old-school: something you played with as a kid but that most adults, except for boxers, leave behind. That's a shame, because jumping rope offers a combination of benefits to bone, balance and muscles that most types of exercise can’t match.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Panel: Early childhood education boosts kids' health - ET CETERA
    Early childhood education programs were linked with both short-term and long-term improvements in health, said a panel of early childhood education, advocacy and community experts in a seminar presented in Washington, D.C. These programs result in improved detection and diagnoses of common childhood ailments, such as vision problems and hearing loss. A cost benefit analyses found high quality education programs had a notable effect on children's health when following those children into adulthood.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Health benefits of dance include better balance, gait - ET CETERA
    Understanding how dancers move has important real-world implications. Studying gait and balance in different populations, as well as how holding hands — such as in partner dance — can actually help people walk and balance better.
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: From our blog: Assessing students in PE with Plickers - ET CETERA
    Writes Jennifer Marie Krause, an assistant professor of sport pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado: "As a former middle school physical education teacher, I had classes of 40 or more students and shared a gym with two other classes. I never felt I had much time, space or manpower for assessment! How could we possibly collect meaningful formative data on what our students knew or felt in these conditions? I wish Plickers existed back then. Plickers is an easy-to-use application/website where you can create multiple-choice and true/false questions."
  • Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000: Soccer boosts bone development in boys - ET CETERA
    Playing soccer can improve bone development in adolescent boys, new research shows. In a study comparing adolescent soccer players to swimmers, cyclists and a control group of boys not involved in regular sport, scientists found soccer led to significantly better bones after one year of training.