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  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: New Back to School website offers resources and inspiration - ET CETERA
    The recently established goals and measurements for the 50 Million Strong initiative, as well as resources and inspiration, are awaiting for you at SHAPE America's new Back to School website.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: More exercise, limits on outside food contribute to more healthy schools in Georgia county - ET CETERA
    Parents don't bring cupcakes in for celebrations at Georgia's McEver Arts Academy. Students are encouraged to exercise through physical education classes, daily recess and even special classes on Fridays where the children can experience such opportunities as yoga, dance and adventures in fitness classes.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Survey: High school sports participation nationwide reaches all-time high - ET CETERA
    Participation in high school athletics increased for the 28th consecutive season to reach an all-time record of 7,963,535 athletes in 2016-17, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations. The total number of athletes was an increase of 94,635 from the previous year and marked the largest one-year jump since 2000-01. Female participants reached an all-time high of 3,000,297, an increase of 75,971, the largest one-year jump since 2016.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Physical activity in Tennessee schools will look different under revised state law - ET CETERA
    Starting this school year, Tennessee students are going to see a change in when and how they get physical activity time at school. State lawmakers recently simplified a physical activity law after the old one caused confusion in schools across the Volunteer State. Under the new law elementary students are required to get 130 minutes of physical activity in school every full school week, including one 15-minute physical activity time period a day.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Webinar addresses health, PE opportunities under ESSA - ET CETERA
    SHAPE America Senior Manager of Advocacy Carly Wright will be the guest speaker for SPARK's webinar later this afternoon called "What's New With ESSA?" As states and school districts prepare to implement the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), this school year, learn about the key opportunities for health and physical education under this legislation.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: PE, health, arts no longer middle school core requirements in Utah - ET CETERA
    Physical education, health, the arts, and college and career readiness courses will no longer be core requirements in Utah middle schools under a policy change adopted by a divided Utah State Board of Education. Over objections of some board members who described the policy as "not ready for prime time" and others who said the change will deprive some youths from exposure to activities that could enrich their school experience, the board voted 9-6 to amend the policy.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Study: Monetary incentive not effective at spurring gym attendance - ET CETERA
    A new study by Case Western Reserve University found monetary incentives did little to entice participants to exercise at a gym more frequently. At the beginning of the study, nearly 95 percent of participants said they planned to visit the gym three times a week, however, by the end of the study only one-third kept that commitment.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Unified PE program strengthens relationships within Georgia school - ET CETERA
    Georgia's Gray Elementary students are getting to know their peers a little bit better. Every Friday for 40 minutes, fourth-graders partner up with special needs students during PE class and show them how to do something different. Some activities include hula hoops, jump rope or basketball. For some, its an experience they’ve never had before.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Popular AJHE articles set to open access - ET CETERA
    With our journal publishing partner, Taylor & Francis, we are happy to announce that select articles from the American Journal of Health Education have been set to open access for a limited time, and we encourage you to share them with your colleagues or students. AJHE is filled with research findings, community learning strategies, and recent health promotion trends. Many articles are designed as self-study courses, with continuing education questions and forms included. SHAPE America members may elect to receive AJHE as a member benefit. Not a member? Consider the benefits of joining.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Mental health programs in schools: Growing body of evidence supports effectiveness - ET CETERA
    School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review in the September/October issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. An estimated 13 percent of children and adolescents worldwide have significant mental health problems such as anxiety, disruptive behavior disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and depression.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Weekly Florida swing dance brings old school music to young feet - ET CETERA
    The teenager with the backwards baseball cap knew all the moves. He could do the Charleston, the Lindy Hop. He knows East Coast swing. West Coast swing. On a recent Friday night, 19-year-old Anthony Langevin and a couple hundred other young people strutted and jived across the wooden dance floor just like a different generation of young people did 70, 80 years ago.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Can young athletes eat themselves into bad health? Yes. Here's what they can do about it - ET CETERA
    As an orthopedic surgeon for OSS Health, Dr. Brian Bixler was surrounded by young athletes every day. Many of them were in the same position he had been in as a teen. They are young and active, and many have unhealthy habits they don't even realize are hurting their overall health. Bixler began passing on his findings this year at places where he hopes it does the most good, in presentations at high schools.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Programs that fight teenage pregnancy are at risk of being cut - ET CETERA
    Pregnancy prevention programs that school-age children attended are among hundreds across the country, reaching more than a million youths, that are funded by a program the Trump administration has scheduled for elimination in its proposed budget. If Congress concurs, it will end the Obama-era effort to shift away from decades of reliance on abstinence-only programs, which showed little to no evidence of effectiveness.
  • Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:10:14 +0000: Are dancers' brains wired differently? - ET CETERA
    Studies at the University of Maryland in partnership with the University of Houston during the past three years reveal that dancers use multiple areas of their brains simultaneously while dancing: one part controls movement without expressive intention, another part imagines movement qualities and these parts work to execute movement while also making higher-level decisions.