4 Fun Lesson Plans to Keep Kids Active During Physical Activity Month

May 15th, 2017

  Today, many schools are reducing their opportunities for physical activity, limiting recess, restricting physical education lessons, and keeping youngsters anchored to their desks for hours each day. Although this might seem like the easiest way to ensure a constant focus on academics, research indicates that physical activity and cognition go hand in hand. May […]

5 Ways to Promote Physical Activity Month at Your School

May 8th, 2017

Today, most parents and educators alike know that children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day. While encouraging children to spend an hour being active might not seem like much of a challenge, the truth is that we’re living in a world where youngsters are spending more time glued to […]

3 Reasons Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day for Kids

May 2nd, 2017

Do your kids routinely eat breakfast each morning? Eating a balanced breakfast offers a wealth of health benefits, both physical and mental, for the whole family. Teaching your children healthy habits from a young age by incorporating a nutritious breakfast into their daily routine is a vital life lesson. Breakfast will not only have a […]

When Kids are Physically Active at School, #WellnessWins

April 28th, 2017

Through quality physical education, kids learn how to move their bodies fluently and develop the necessary skills to lead an active life. In Rockingham County Schools, more than 12,000 students can count on opportunities to be active each and every day – thanks, in part, to our wellness policy.

6 Ideas for Protein-Packed, Kid-Friendly Food

April 24th, 2017

Protein is a powerful substance, responsible for building muscle, bone and tissue, as well as keeping your child’s energy levels regulated throughout the day. A regular dose of protein can even protect against infection. But if your child gets most of their protein from high-fat mac ‘n’ cheese or ice cream milkshakes, you may need […]

3 Innovative Physical Education Teaching Techniques

April 18th, 2017

Physical fitness among young people has now found itself at the forefront of society’s scrutiny. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity among children between the ages of 2 and 19 has more than doubled in recent years, leaving students susceptible to the development of diabetes, complex joint issues and a host of […]

Tips for a Successful Field Day this Spring

April 7th, 2017

Every spring all over the world, schools are preparing to put on a Field Day for their students. When done well, Field Days can be an active and fun time for everyone. In this blog, I’ll give those in charge of Field Day some tips to make it successful.

How to Make Your Physical Education Class More Inclusive

March 30th, 2017

“Inclusive PE” is the term used for a General Education (Gen Ed) physical education class in which ALL students are included. Inclusive PE involves placing students alongside their peers with support and proper accommodations to help make everyone successful.

New, Comprehensive Resources to Advance Inclusive PE

March 22nd, 2017

We launched the latest inclusive PE solutions for physical education teachers at the 2017 SHAPE America Convention. These resources include the SPARK Inclusive PE Guidebook, Inclusive PE Specialty Workshop and Sportime Inclusive PE Starter Pack, which support teachers in delivering the highest standards and most beneficial instruction to each and every student.

Keep Kids Heart-Healthy with These Fun Activities

March 7th, 2017

Physical inactivity is bad for your heart. Specifically, it’s a risk factor for developing coronary artery diseases, it increases the risk of stroke and can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and low HDL cholesterol (that’s the good kind). Encouraging your kids to be heart-healthy will help them fight these issues before they happen, […]