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  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Learning in the garden - ET CETERA
    Blue jays, monarch butterflies and hummingbirds are all among the critters that visit or have made their home in California's Paradise Intermediate wildlife habitat garden. The space was planned by PIS science instructor, Marc Kessler, and built by his seventh-grade students to supplement studies through hands-on learning while bringing natural beauty to the campus.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Twitter Chat: Creating a kinesthetic health ed classroom - ET CETERA
    Looking to move away from the traditional sit-n-learn classroom setting to one that's tailored to incorporate more physical activity? SHAPE America's May Twitter chat will focus on creating a more kinesthetic health education classroom. On May 1 at 9 p.m. EDT, we'll discuss how educators and administrators can recognize the benefits to students' ability to learn, share classroom management strategies and offer resources to incorporate more movement.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: More than recess: How playing on the swings helps kids learn to cooperate - ET CETERA
    A favorite childhood pastime — swinging on the playground swing set — also may be teaching kids how to get along. The measured, synchronous movement of children on the swings can encourage preschoolers to cooperate on subsequent activities, University of Washington researchers have found.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Dodgeball ban sidelines Louisiana's new physical education benchmarks - ET CETERA
    The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has bounced new physical education standards back to committee — spiked by a ban on dodgeball. Expected to pass the new standards without the original dodgeball prohibition, the board instead sent the item back to the Education Department. It will likely be revisited in June, BESE spokesman Kevin Calbert said.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Not at SPEAK Out! Day today? Advocate for more Title IV on social media - ET CETERA
    SHAPE America members are on Capitol Hill today holding in-person meetings with lawmakers for our 10th annual SPEAK Out! Day. We encourage all health and physical educators to connect with your representatives on social media and ask for #MoreTitleIV, then catch highlights from Tuesday’s SPEAK Out! Day prep session, shared on Facebook Live.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Washington state lawmakers push to let kids use sunscreen in school - ET CETERA
    Washington state lawmakers are pushing forward with a proposal that allows students to use sunscreen at school without a note from a doctor and parent, a rule that six other states also are considering to help protect children from developing skin cancer. The law is in place for Washington students from kindergarten to 12th grade because the Food and Drug Administration lists sunscreen as a drug product. School employees also are banned from applying it on a student.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Moderate, high-intensity exercise programs show similar results - ET CETERA
    Short-term moderate-intensity to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) leads to modest body composition improvements in overweight and obese individuals, according to research published online recently in Obesity Reviews. Based upon 13 studies, averaging three training sessions per week for 10 weeks, the researchers found that both HIIT and MICT led to significant reductions in whole-body fat mass and waist circumference.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Want to burn calories? Dance - ET CETERA
    Dancing burns calories, but it may also help bolster an aging brain, particularly if you have to learn complex steps, a new study suggests. The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, found that the portion of the brain associated with memory and processing speed improved in just six months among people who took a challenging dance class.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Tips for future HPE professionals - ET CETERA
    You're about to graduate or perhaps you're already knee-high into your job hunting journey. Just like anything you go after in life, it takes preparation, dedication and tenacity. How can you stand out from a crowd of applicants to land your first job? Check out our new career web page to read 10 tips from SHAPE America president-elect Judy LoBianco, as well as how to prepare for an interview, the benefits of connecting with seasoned professionals via Mentor Match, and interview tips from SHAPE America member Jayne Greenberg.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Little kids' regular bedtimes and ability to regulate emotions may lessen obesity risk - ET CETERA
    Family structure, including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might lower the chances of obesity later, a new study suggests. The study — the first to look at the connections between early childhood routines and self-regulation and their potential association with weight problems in the pre-teen years — appears in the International Journal of Obesity.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Study: 70 percent of kids stop playing sports by 13 years old - ET CETERA
    Among the most alarming findings in a recent survey by The Yellowbrick Treatment Program is that the number of children participating in youth sports has declined 6 percent over the last five years, while participation in all sports is down 10 percent. Additionally, according to those surveyed, 38 percent of children are between ages 7 and 9 when they begin in youth sports, with 29 percent having started earlier. Organized sports only remained in the lives of the minority of those who answered, with 70 percent of children leaving organized sports by the time they are 13 years old.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: 'Drop Everything and Walk' program promotes healthy living in West Virginia students - ET CETERA
    Elementary schools in Harrison County, West Virginia, are participating in a program that promotes a healthy lifestyle through walking an additional 30 minutes each week. In the past two months, approximately 4,600 students have walked a half hour each week during school in conjunction with Healthy Harrison, according to Healthy Harrison Executive Director John Paul Nardelli. Two months prior to that, county students relied on their physical education classes to get exercise during school.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Chalk Talk: Physical education 2.0 - ET CETERA
    Writes SHAPE America member Nancy Blake of Alaska: "Physical education teachers throughout the Mat-Su are incorporating technology to provide immediate and meaningful feedback to students on their skill performance, fitness level, and the body’s response to exercise. Video-recorders, pedometers, and heart rate monitors turn theoretical concepts into science lessons with each student as his or her own subject of study."
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Is athletic success predictable? Texas firm has an answer - ET CETERA
    A Frisco, Texas, startup has come up with a new way to predict athletic ability, motivation, and success that could change scouting and recruiting for multiple sports. Most Valuable Recruit (MVR) goes beyond traditional IQ tests with technology-based analytics to measure spacial awareness, cognitive abilities and determination.
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Get active and take action in May! - ET CETERA
    Celebrate and share the value of effective physical education and sport programs in schools during National PE & Sport Week, May 1-7, 2017. Download new lesson plans and activity ideas for your class, take action to advocate for effective physical education nationally and in your community, and get some inspiration from SHAPE America members!
  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:14 +0000: Nonprofit brings dance to California elementary students - ET CETERA
    Fourth- and fifth-graders in the Oxnard, California area's Ocean View School District are enjoying dance classes three times a week with the help of local nonprofit organization Fit 4 the Cause and its benefactors. The children are enjoying physical fitness through a range of dance styles including ballroom basics, line dancing, salsa and bachata.