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  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Delaware educator uses sports, physical education to empower girls - ET CETERA
    Educating and empowering girls and young women in the country's second smallest state (Delaware), Serviam Girls Academy Director of Athletics/PE & Health, Susan Thomas, is passionately "nurturing their skills," assisting them with "pursuing their passions, and building the foundations of their futures." A certified USA Track & Field coach, active fitness enthusiast and devout yoga practitioner, Thomas has "made a significant impact on the culture of the school, positively influencing the students' outlook on health and fitness, which then encourages them to bring it home to their families."
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Physical education op-ed strikes a chord - ET CETERA
    Writes SHAPE America member Artie Kamiya: "Retired Brigadier General Blake Williams shared his thoughts on childhood obesity, Mission: Readiness, and physical education. As President of the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association, we would like to lend our voice in favor of physical education in North Carolina on behalf of every child. ... While we agree that physical education plays a vital role in military readiness, it also plays a role in every child reaching his or her full potential."
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Androgens linked to competitive edge in female athletes - ET CETERA
    Female athletes with naturally occurring higher free testosterone concentrations tended to perform better in competitive events, a new study reported. Among track and field athletes, women belonging to the highest tertile of free testosterone reported significantly superior performance in stamina-related events like the 400-meter, 400-meter hurdles and 800-meter events vs. female competitors in the lowest tertile.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: School to table: Texas students grow their food and eat it, too - ET CETERA
    Students and staff at Texas' Tarver-Rendon Elementary School like tending their garden as much as eating its bounty. The produce is used to stock the Mansfield school's salad bar, the only elementary school in the district that has one.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Case study: 'FIGHT Club' members lose pounds and gain fitness, fun and camaraderie - ET CETERA
    In the fall of 2010, Deborah Holcombe — SHAPE America member and physical education teacher to more than 1,800 students at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina — approached her school's principal, Dr. Jeff Rogers, with an idea: create a non-threatening, inclusive, after-school program for students who want to get fit and lose weight. With the backing of the administration, they created a cool name — The FIGHT (Friends Into Getting Healthy Together) Club — and received permission to use an older weight room that was no longer needed for athletes.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Oregon schools host Chinese PE teachers - ET CETERA
    PE class at Oregon's Raleigh Park Elementary School was a little bit different on a recent Thursday morning. "We're really on a mission to create just that culture of movement," Beaverton Schools Curriculum Specialist Cheryl Wardell said. To help with that, the district hosted 28 innovative PE teachers all the way from China, thanks to a partnership with Nike.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Kansas program gets kids moving in school with physical activity, increased focus - ET CETERA
    When it comes to activity in schools, physical education classes and recess have been the standard for decades. But a University of Kansas-led project has shown success in helping children and teachers get as much as 20 minutes of additional physical activity in the classroom with the aid of web-based exercise videos that get kids moving without disrupting the academic schedule.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: NFL running back has a secret weapon for staying in shape: Irish dancing - ET CETERA
    Every player in the NFL spends countless hours strengthening their legs and improving their footwork, but few of them elect to do so in quite as whimsical a fashion as Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins, who swears by traditional Irish dancing. Collins was introduced to the sport by his high school football coach's daughter, who dared him to give it a shot while he was preparing for last year's NFL draft.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Take advantage of our health literacy resources - ET CETERA
    This week is National Health Education Week! Use our Health Literacy social media badge to call attention to the valuable role you play in teaching students the skills needed to make health-enhancing choices in life. Find activities to support critical life skills such as analyzing influences, accessing information and using interpersonal communication in our Health Education Teacher's Toolbox. Make parents your alley in teaching health literacy. Help them reinforce these concepts at home with our October Health Literacy Month Activity Calendar and parent letter.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: A 'walking school bus' keeps kids safe, boosts Baltimore neighborhood - ET CETERA
    Moments after dismissal, hundreds of students pour outside from the back doors of Frederick Elementary School in Baltimore. A small group of children hangs back, forming a single-file line against a chain-link fence, and waits to be led home by adults in what’s called a "walking school bus" — which doesn't actually involve a bus. Under adult supervision, a group of kids walk to and from school together while playing games, singing songs and learning tips on crossing the street safely.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: 10 times more children and teens obese today than 40 years ago - ET CETERA
    The number of obese children and adolescents rose to 124 million in 2016 — more than 10 times higher than the 11 million classified as obese 40 years ago, in 1975. A further 213 million children and adolescents were overweight in 2016, finds a new study published recently in the Lancet. Looking at the broader picture, this equated to roughly 5.6 percent of girls and 7.8 percent of boys being obese last year.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Texas parents assess risks when considering youth football - ET CETERA
    Most days, when 7-year-old Luke Heffington steps onto the football field in Texas, he's the smallest player on either side. His father, Jason, isn’t all that concerned. "This is about as safe as it's going to get, at this age and this speed," dad said. "If you look at them, this is the only sport they’re completely padded from head to toe. So, there's less injury in a sport like this than in soccer or baseball."
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Think about it: Teach your students about mindfulness - ET CETERA
    Mindfulness is not new. It originated with Eastern meditation practices around the art of "bringing one's complete attention to the present experience." Mindfulness is what makes us human — the capacity to be fully conscious and aware, or put another way, being present and aware of things happening in the moment. If, as adults, we thrive with mindfulness training, how much more do our students need mindfulness to grow socially and emotionally into healthy human beings?
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Why are more American teenagers than ever suffering from severe anxiety? - ET CETERA
    The disintegration of Jake's life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school's cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the likable, hard-working oldest sibling in a suburban North Carolina family — was the kind of teenager who handled things.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Make your case to attend SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo - ET CETERA
    Prepare for Nashville! Registration for the 2018 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo opens in November but you can get a head start on planning with our Justification Toolkit. Our new resource includes: convention benefits, a justification letter template, and tips for speaking to your supervisor. Make your case and mark your calendar for the nation's premier event for health and physical education professionals in Nashville, March 20-24.
  • Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:47 +0000: Kansas middle school students hosting free ballet academy - ET CETERA
    Two students at Kansas' Landon Middle School want to introduce ballet to children who normally may not have access to the art form. Ainsley Schimmel, 12, a seventh-grader, said the seed for starting a class for ballet beginners was planted about three years ago when she was dancing at home with some friends. She said one of her friends said she wanted to take ballet but couldn't afford to take classes.