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  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Want healthier schools? This district started with its teachers - ET CETERA
    Students are often, understandably, the focus of school health efforts. But advocates say district wellness plans work best when they have a broader focus, incorporating the practices of teachers and other adults in the school, too. The North Allegheny district in Pittsburgh took such an approach when it noticed troubling trends in the health of some of its staff, including higher insurance rates.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Convention Call for Proposals deadline: June 16 - ET CETERA
    The deadline is fast approaching for the 2018 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo — the premier professional development event for health and physical educators — which will be held in Nashville, March 20-24. How do you make your proposal competitive? Check out the document "Getting Your Proposal Seen and Accepted" for tips and ideas.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: The return of recess - ET CETERA
    As public schools have been pressured to emphasize academics in recent years, one of the traditions of the school day that often gets put on the chopping block is recess. But studies show that recess provides a variety of benefits beyond a break in the school day for kids. Michelle Carter, senior program manager of SHAPE America, discusses the benefits recess can provide. Carter has also served as a health and physical education teacher in the Washington, D.C., public school system.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: How ballet is energizing one Memphis school — and helped save it from closing - ET CETERA
    Instructor Briana Brown counts aloud as first-graders in pink leotards skip across a classroom floor to practice their leaps and twirls — a weekly highlight for students at Tennessee's Dunbar Elementary School. In the South Memphis neighborhood, ballet lessons offered through the nonprofit New Ballet Ensemble introduce students to the art of dance at a school with few resources for extracurricular activities.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Physical activity calendars for summer - ET CETERA
    The June physical activity calendars for elementary and secondary students are available to SHAPE America members in both English and Spanish. These resources for physical education teachers align with SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education. SHAPE America creates these and others tools to help you build an effective physical education program that empowers all students to lead healthy and active lives, which supports the vision 50 Million Strong.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Webinar: Getting REAL in Health Education with a Skills-Based Approach - ET CETERA
    Skills-based health education describes an approach to teaching health that emphasizes skill development over knowledge acquisition. Based on the National Health Education Standards, a skills-based approach prepares students to be health-literate consumers and empowers them to apply their learning in ways that maintain or improve their health. Join us today from 3-4 p.m. EDT for a webinar that discusses the evolution of the health classroom from a place where students learn information about their health in a class that is hands-on and REAL (relevant, engaging, applicable, lifelong skills)!
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: North Texas school says more recess improves students' focus - ET CETERA
    Ask just about any kid on the playground at Texas' Elkins Elementary and they'll tell you that recess is their favorite part of school. Lucky for these kids, they get to do it four times a day. It turns out, it's more than just fun. It might very well be transformative, too.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Schools face vexing test: Which kids will sexually attack? - ET CETERA
    Thousands of school-age offenders are treated annually for sexual aggression in the United States, yet experts see no standard profile of personality, background or motivation. They say that while anti-social behavior can suggest a greater risk of offending, the cool kid may attack and the rebel may reform. Their reasons are rarely as straightforward as physical gratification and range from a sense of entitlement to desperation to fit in.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: An eye-opening new video reveals how we think about girls and sports - ET CETERA
    By the time they turn 14, twice as many girls drop out of playing sports as boys, according to the Women's Sports Foundation. That's a big loss for young women, since participating in sports helps build confidence, teamwork, and other life skills.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: PE for all: Inclusive gym class teaches lifelong lessons - ET CETERA
    An Iowa PE class is now gaining statewide attention for including all students. Last fall, Webster City teacher Catherine Schroeder wheeled out a new class, pairing students with disabilities with their peers. In two semesters the class is so popular, they can only accept a third of students interested.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Upcoming Twitter Chat: Technology in the HE Classroom - ET CETERA
    Incorporating technology in the health education classroom can be simple or sophisticated. SHAPE America's June Twitter chat will focus on infusing both high and low technology to teach and assess students and available resources to increase student engagement. Plus, get expert tips on classroom management strategies to consider specifically when using technology. Mark your calendar for June 5, at 9 p.m. EDT.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Why it's good for grown-ups to go play - ET CETERA
    The importance of play for children is well documented. Now researchers are turning their attention to its possible benefits for adults. What they’re finding is that play isn’t just about goofing off; it can also be an important means of reducing stress and contributing to overall well-being.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Massachusetts athlete uses dance skills to break out in track - ET CETERA
    Massachusetts track athlete Saul Cespedes Jr.'s first love was dance. "I started dance when I was 5 years old," said Cespedes. "I've done tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical dancing." Those skills made Cespedes a natural as a jumper once he went out for track as a freshman at Methuen High.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Strikes and spares are a plus in this class - ET CETERA
    The students at Indiana's Anderson Elementary have an opportunity once a year to put to the test what they learn in their physical education class at a real bowling alley. Physical education teacher Linda Williams-Boyd created the bowling unit about 20 years ago when she was at another school. Children enter kindergarten at Anderson Elementary asking whether it’s true they will go bowling, she said.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Heavy kids face triple the odds for depression in adulthood - ET CETERA
    As if it isn't tough enough being an overweight kid, a new study shows it could have long-lasting repercussions for psychological health, too. When compared with normal-weight kids who become overweight adults, overweight or obese youth in the study faced three times the risk of depression in adulthood, the research found.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: High school students find value in health and physical education - ET CETERA
    Nearly 92 percent of high school students who have taken a health education class believe it is important to their future health. That is one of the findings of new research conducted by myCollegeOptions and SHAPE America. The recent study offers valuable insight into the attitudes of more than 132,000 high school students toward health and PE. Research from this study shows that most high school students currently participating in health and physical education classes have a positive perception of PE and its impact on their lives in and out of school.
  • Wed, 24 May 2017 13:15:31 +0000: Study shows youth baseball, softball participation on the rise - ET CETERA
    Baseball and softball combined to rank as the most participated team sport in 2016, according to the annual report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, a leader in sports participation research. Equally important from baseball's perspective, the sport showed growth in both casual and core participation over one-, three- and five-year periods at a time when the trends in other team sports are less encouraging, said Tom Cove, the president and CEO of SFIA.