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  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Changes, challenges and opportunities ahead under ESSA - ET CETERA
    As states prepare to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the upcoming school year, many — like Kentucky — have been gathering feedback from stakeholders and creating state accountability plans, and school districts are beginning to identify priorities for funding at the school level. There are also some changes that are bringing about new challenges we must face, as we continue our advocacy efforts to give health and physical education a boost on the list of ESSA priorities.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: No 'lazy days of summer' for our youth - ET CETERA
    Writes SHAPE America member Nancy Blake: "From August to June, we physical educators do our best to provide students with the fitness, skills, motivation, and opportunity to be active before, during and after school. Once summer arrives, too many of our students plop down on the couch for hours at a time in front of televisions, tablets, and videogames. How can we keep our students healthy, physically active and meaningfully engaged during the long summer break?"
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: PE and conditioning program keeps Illinois kids active in summer - ET CETERA
    Physical education class is not just for the school day in Illinois' Kaneland area. It is also for summertime. That's thanks to a program called Knight PE and Conditioning, which is run through the Sugar Grove Park District at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Genes and the environment? Factors, patterns that lead to childhood obesity risk - ET CETERA
    A factor that has been linked to childhood obesity is restrictive feeding practices by primary caregivers, the implication being that it may interfere with a child's ability to learn to self-regulate food intake. When a child is overweight, parents tend to use more controlling, restrictive feeding practices. A new study is showing that a child's genetics, related to emotion and cognition, may also play a role in this pattern.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Physical activity within physical education: Time for a rethink? - ET CETERA
    Research carried out at Leeds Beckett University suggests physical education in the United States and United Kingdom may be failing both teachers and children. Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the research suggests there is too much emphasis on increasing physical activity and this may be at the cost of developing other things like physical literacy.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: SHAPE America Podcast: Summer professional development - ET CETERA
    Summer is the perfect time to catch up on standards-based professional development. Join the SHAPE America Podcast team as they reflect on the past school year and discuss health and physical education professional development opportunities that are available over the summer, including: future podcast topics, the launch of SHAPE America's Online Institute (SAOI), books, journals, conferences and much more. We also have hours of current, and archived health and physical education webinars. Check out the full library of SHAPE America's "By You For You" webinars. Not a SHAPE America member? Join now to get free access to these webinars and more.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: 7 reasons to use journaling in your classroom - ET CETERA
    Writes SHAPE America National Conference presenter Amy Lauren Smith: "Journaling has been a key component of my health classes since the day I became a teacher, and its benefits to my teaching practice continue to pile up every year. Even with all of the technological advances over the last 15 years, I start every semester by giving each of my students a small spiral bound notebook. Here are seven reasons why you should do the same."
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: How a verbal jab from a men's basketball coach lit the Title IX fire in Carol Hutchins - ET CETERA
    It was 1976, and Carol Hutchins was a freshman basketball player at Michigan State. She and her team were practicing for a rare game to be held in the main gym, Jenison Field House, as part of a doubleheader with the men when the Michigan State men's opponent arrived on the floor. "You've got to get off the court," the coach told the women, according to Hutchins. The women were perplexed. This was their scheduled practice time, and it was the day before an important game. Why should they have to vacate for an opponent's shootaround?
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Would families be more active without homework? - ET CETERA
    A movement is afoot to remove homework from schools, and — believe it or not — it's not being led by a group of defiant fifth-graders. Parents and teachers across the country are questioning the value of the extra work and the strain on the schedules of students and their families. In some cases, teachers are leading the troops in what you might call a different type of "class" warfare. Social media even helped advance the cause when a letter from a Texas parent to her child's teacher went viral.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Teens get as much physical activity as 60-year-olds, study shows - ET CETERA
    Not only do adults not get enough exercise, but teenagers fare even worse. Fewer than 3 in 10 high school students get a minimum of 60 minutes of daily physical activity, which is the level of exercise recommended by both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO). New research, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, suggests that the situation might be even more grim than previously thought; levels of physical activity among teenagers are surprisingly low, the study finds.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: The epidemic that's ruining youth sports - ET CETERA
    For every teen athlete who takes a break, there are hundreds who don't heed doctors' warnings and continue to overburden their growing bodies. Eventually, many will contribute to the epidemic of overuse injuries — which are on the rise, according to several studies and orthopedic doctors — now sullying youth sports.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Dancers get kids moving at New York school - ET CETERA
    A group of middle schoolers got to dance on stage with professionals during a Classical Kids program presented by New York's Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The program, the dance component of SPAC's longstanding Classical Kids arts education program, is geared towards introducing children to different dance styles and promoting dance as a form of expression and exercise.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Many young Americans using snuff, chewing tobacco - ET CETERA
    More than 3 percent of Americans age 12 and older said they'd used chewing tobacco or snuff in the past month, according to a recent federal government report. An analysis of SAMHSA data from 2002 to 2014 found that nearly 9 million Americans (3.3 percent) reported using smokeless tobacco in the past month. This includes chewing tobacco, dip, snus and snuff — generally, these forms are held in the mouth.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Can more movement and computers help turn around this struggling Indiana school? - ET CETERA
    After months of uncertainty, Indianapolis Public Schools leaders have chosen a new plan for a struggling northside elementary school. More technology in the classroom and more physical activity during the day are some of the panoply of tools Principal Bakari Posey hopes will help improve School 43.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:44:28 +0000: Illinois athlete a dancing softball star - ET CETERA
    Sydney Ohrtmann excels at two sports, being named to The Journal-Standard and Rockford Register Star’s All Star Preps all-area team in both this year. Yet it often seems as if she only gets credit for one. "It is really frustrating," said Ohrtmann, who is just as proud of her competitive dance award as she is of being Freeport, Illinois' star leadoff hitter in softball.