SPARK Holiday Gift to YOU: 20% PE Equipment Discount!

November 25th, 2014

Use Promo code 081GOE to receive a 20% discount on SPARK PE equipment from December 1st – December 31st, 2014. Click Here to start shopping!
Promo Details:
Must order online through SPARKstore (Click Here for the SPARKstore)
Valid: 12/1/14 – 12/31/14
EP 20% discount off 9/8 items
LP 40% discount off 9/8 items
Cannot be combined with any other discounts, [...]

Quality Physical Education – Defined by the New SHAPE America Standards

November 21st, 2014

We are all familiar with SHAPE America goal for physical education, “To develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.”   But are you aware of the new standards adopted in May?  Our new national standards now include grade level outcomes!  These standards and grade [...]

SPARK Teams Up with ICAN Foundation

October 28th, 2014

SPARK, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education programs, is partnering with ICAN Foundation to make an immediate impact on the lives of students in Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi. SPARK and ICAN Foundation will work together to help schools and community centers raise funds or apply for and win grants in order to implement SPARK’s high-quality physical education curricula or afterschool program.

What is a Nutrition Ed Tool Box?

October 10th, 2014

A Nutrition Ed Tool Box is a “toolbox” of nutrition education ideas you can fit into day to day practices no matter where you are. Join the Nutrition Ed Tool Box Challenge to share and learn from others!

Healthy Back to School Lunches

October 3rd, 2014

Beyond PB & J: 5 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas
Packing a lunch for your child can feel monotonous at times, and by the second month of school, you may feel like you are out of fun, healthy, and creative ideas. Still, sending your child off to school with a homemade lunch ensures that his or her [...]

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 19th, 2014

September is known for back-to-school festivities and the transition into fall, but did you know that it’s also Childhood Obesity Awareness Month?
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, initiated by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) four years ago, brings awareness and recognition to this devastating epidemic among the American youth in the hopes of ending [...]

8 Essential Back-to-School Tips for Parents

August 29th, 2014

With a well-rounded summer vacation ending, parents spend a lot of time getting their kids ready for school. New school supplies, haircuts, and special end-of-summer outings all play into the back-to-school routine. There are some other things that parents can do for themselves and their kids to ensure a smooth transition into the school year, [...]

Childhood Obesity Crisis: An Update

August 5th, 2014

Obesity is a modern health problem that impacts the modern world. Globally, more than 1 billion adults and 17.6 million children are estimated to be overweight and increasing. There is not one simple way to solve the childhood obesity crisis, and many solutions are needed. One solution is to get kids moving in school, since children spend a significant amount of time in the school setting.

6 Sports Your Kids Should Try this Summer

July 28th, 2014

With time off of school, the summer months are a great time for kids to try something new. If you are looking for a way to get your kids excited and create an anything-but-sedentary summer, check out the 5 suggestions below.
Soccer
Perfect as a follow-up to the fun and excitement of the World Cup, sign your [...]

SPARK celebrates 25! Reflection from Dr. Jim Sallis

July 21st, 2014

It’s exhilarating to celebrate the 25th year of SPARK. In 1989 we had big ambitions for our new NIH grant. We wanted to define what health-related physical education is, comprehensively evaluate a program that we designed to meet that vision, and then encourage schools to adopt the program so kids could be healthier. I could not have imagined where those ideas have led by 2014. I am very proud to be part of the SPARK story, because SPARK has improved the physical activity, health, and quality of life for millions children and adolescents over the past 25 years.