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  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: SHAPE America and AIR Assessment partner to pilot National Assessment for Health & Physical Education - ET CETERA
    SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators is partnering with AIR Assessment, a division of the American Institutes for Research, on a pilot project to develop an assessment of student learning in health and physical education. The test will measure the attainment of the National Standards for Physical Education which are critical to the healthy development of children and youth, including the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The new assessment will be known as the National Assessment for Health & Physical Education, and will be powered by AIR Assessment's online testing and reporting platform.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Case Study: Seniors and 7th-graders learn that 'moving through the ages' nets unforeseen benefits - ET CETERA
    Janet Folchetti, SHAPE America member and middle school physical education teacher at Norwalk, Connecticut Public Schools, determined a way for her students to connect with seniors for fitness. "I wanted my students to become involved in the community, and thought this could be an opportunity to work with a population that is sometimes forgotten," she says. "Through this intergenerational experience, they could become aware that staying and keeping fit is a lifelong journey."
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Editorial: Ignoring physical education creates long-term worries - ET CETERA
    Illinois had been at the forefront of attacking a growing — pun intended — problem among today's youth. The state pushed school districts to have daily physical education classes but eased up on the requirements as more and more priority was placed on aligning curriculum with standardized test subjects.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Fatigue and overuse major factors in dancing injuries - ET CETERA
    New research has identified the most common injuries suffered by professional dancers and examined what can be done to assist in preventing injuries. Author and lead researcher Amy Jo Vassallo, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences said that while fatigue had increased as a contributing factor, poor technique had decreased.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: The importance of physical education - ET CETERA
    We are raising the most sedentary and unhealthy generation in American history: Its members may have the dubious distinction of being the first generation not to outlive their parents. Meaningful, high-quality health and physical education is one of the best strategies we have to reverse this trend. And, not only does good HPE increase the chances that our young people will live healthier, more productive lifespans, it pays off in the classroom, as well.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Early-bird discounts end Dec. 15 for the Eastern District Conference - ET CETERA
    Register today for the 2018 Eastern District Conference, to be held Jan. 28-30 in Burlington, VT. Co-hosted by SHAPE Vermont, this event will feature sessions on the latest trends and best practices in K-12 physical education, health education, technology for the classroom, and more! Visit for details and discounted early-bird rates!
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Exercise improves test scores, study of Minnesota students finds - ET CETERA
    It's no secret that physically active kids are healthier, but a Minnesota study released recently found that they also do better on reading and writing, and even school attendance. Fourteen schools in central and northern Minnesota each received $10,000 to implement three-year physical activity programs under a study conducted by the state's departments of Health and Education. Researchers found that students who were physically fit were much more likely to score better on state standardized tests.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: School nurses on front lines of mental health, societal problems - ET CETERA
    Given the growing number of health and social problems facing Maine children, school nurse Rachel Miville and other Winthrop school officials say the district's nursing services could use even more support in the future to ensure students are healthy and ready to study. The problems include a rise in children being diagnosed with complicated, chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma, as well as mental illnesses such as anxiety.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Is your favorite workout on trend? The top 10 fitness trends for 2018 - ET CETERA
    What will the hottest workouts be in 2018? And, more importantly, will you be doing them? Every year the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) releases a survey of thousands of fitness professionals. This year's survey had a record number of respondents at 4,000. See if your favorite workouts make the list.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Kids who get moving may also get better grades - ET CETERA
    Students who get extra physical activity may pay more attention in school and do better in subjects like reading and math, a research review suggests. The authors looked at whether the effect of exercise differed across academic subjects. Although the benefit of physical activity was strongest for mathematics, it was only slightly smaller for other subjects like language and reading, meaning that physical activity benefits learning in all academic subjects.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: North Carolina schools focus on nutrition, healthy food options - ET CETERA
    Over the past few months, North Carolina's Haywood County Schools nutrition department has placed a special focus on student wellness, food variety, and local community support. Following the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the Haywood County Schools nutrition department has worked to increase the variety of vegetables and fruit, add more whole grains, and decrease foods with added sugar and saturated fat. Melanie Batchelor, hired as the school system's nutrition supervisor dietitian in August, said the newest project she is most excited about is the introduction of salads into every school three days a week.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: What does it take to be a high school athlete? Coaches reveal what they look for. - ET CETERA
    Making any high school team takes more than just size, strength and speed. So several experienced and successful high school coaches were asked what personal qualities, other than athletic ability, they look for in their athletes. Here are their answers.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Students get lessons in ballroom dancing in North Philadelphia - ET CETERA
    It was a special ballroom dancing competition at a school in The Honorable Luis Munoz Marin School in North Philadelphia recently. Nonprofit organization Dancing with the Students offers ballroom dancing to children in underserved communities as a way to enhance their arts education. Since these fourth-graders first took their places on the floor 10 weeks earlier, teachers have seen their self-esteem grow as well as their respect for each other.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: Researchers help Tennessee children get moving - ET CETERA
    Middle Tennessee State University is launching a project that will enhance children's activity beyond that offered in traditional physical education courses. With funding from the Tennessee Department of Health's Division of Family Health and Wellness, MTSU's Center for Health and Human Services will oversee and furnish technical assistance for a pilot program of after-school physical activity for nine elementary schools in Sullivan, Meigs, Benton and Hickman counties.
  • Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:57:24 +0000: The story behind NC high school's year without a varsity football team - ET CETERA
    Faced with a yearly struggle to field a team due to a lack of interest and growing health and safety concerns that included fears about the danger of concussions, North Carolina's East Chapel Hill made a dramatic decision. The school would not play a varsity schedule this fall, hoping a possible restart next season could right the program. "Even if you're competitive, you can't survive because you don't have the numbers to give kids rests, and what happens if they get tired and they get hurt?" asked Athletic director Randy Trumbower.