May 17th, 2013
From Marissa Rathbone, Director of Policy and Programs, ACTIVE Life
Dear Texas School Health Advocates,
We need you! (And just for a few minutes…)
House Bill 1018, designed to propel the work of School Health Advisory Councils (SHAC) throughout the state, has been recommended for referral to the Senate Local and Consent (having made it *almost* ALL the [...]
April 16th, 2013
Although 63 percent of Americans polled said they were against a tax on junk food, some health experts are arguing that adding a tax to foods with high sugar content would improve health, reduce healthcare costs and generate revenue. Here is a look at some of our findings.
April 8th, 2013
Obesity isn’t the only health problem plaguing students in our schools.
Our students are experiencing mental health problems stemming from bullying and the need to assimilate difficult social norms; they are subjected to infectious diseases and spreading viruses like influenza and norovirus; they are engaging in risky and potentially fatal behaviors that involve drugs and alcohol. [...]
April 5th, 2013
American students will spend more than 14,000 hours in school between their first day of kindergarten and their last day of high school.
During that time, they are learning colors, animals, numbers, and shapes; calculus, biology, world history, physics, and Shakespeare. They learn how to communicate, how to lead, how to follow, how to make decisions, [...]
April 2nd, 2013
Coordinated School Health (CSH) is a strategy developed and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CSH is not a temporary fix for your school’s physical education or health department. It focuses on comprehensive, school-wide improvement of your students’ health and well-being, and it fosters an environment of learning.
The CDC’s eight [...]
March 13th, 2013
By Dr. Jim Sallis
I just attended a highly-motivational PHA Summit, highlighted by a rousing talk from First Lady Michelle Obama. I will share the big physical activity news at the Summit. There were three announcements. The first happened the previous week when PHA announced Let’s Move Active Schools. This is a partnership of several organizations [...]
March 12th, 2013
Below is a list of SPARK presentations at the 2013 AAHPERD Convention in Charlotte. And while you’re there, make sure to stop by the SPARK/Sportime booth to see the latest and greatest! We’re going to have a free-throw contest in our booth with a friendly east-west competition as well as a raffle for a iPad [...]
March 1st, 2013
The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grants are federally funded grants for school districts, after school programs and community based organizations to support standards-based physical education/activity and nutrition programs. The grants are for 3 years and are usually awarded annually (pending available funding).
Please use the following guidelines to determine if your school district [...]
February 21st, 2013
Here is a look at the 5 worst kids menu foods found at some major restaurants.
February 18th, 2013
Honestly, I’ve been asking myself this question since I was an undergraduate over 15 years ago. I recently re-focused on it when I stumbled upon a lengthy Facebook debate concerning what the New PE really is. Well, how can we learn the truth? It’s common to see the term used in titles for conference presentations, [...]