How Food Influences Performance

April 12th, 2016

Nutrition influences how children are able to grow and develop. Many of the same ideas from adult nutrition are still important with children.

4 Tips to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

April 5th, 2016

Sleep isn’t just a luxury of life – it’s a health requirement for adults and kids alike. When people don’t get enough sleep, it really shows. Lack of sleep has been linked to depression, lost productivity and even obesity.

11 Healthy Packed Lunches For School [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 29th, 2016

Eating right is important—especially for kids. Here are a handful of kid-friendly lunch recipes that are easy to prepare and pack away, as well as some key info concerning the kinds of foods a child should eat on a daily basis. What Should My Child Eat? It’s important to remember that, unlike an adult, a […]

Sportime Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation in Physical Education

March 23rd, 2016

Sportime is proud to commemorate 50 years serving physical education teachers, youth & recreation leaders and child care providers with the most advanced, research-based physical activity products and resources. In recognition of this milestone, Sportime continues to expand its offering and build its partnership with the SPARK curriculum, launching the new “Sportime featuring SPARK” virtual storefront at Sportime.com

11 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Stress

March 21st, 2016

Many adults think of childhood as a carefree and enjoyable part of their lives.  However, children can face stressors from many areas, such as schoolwork, social needs, sports/other activities, family issues, and even world news. Sometimes, if parents forget these stressors, children can feel alone and can have trouble meeting their needs. There are a […]

National Health Through Fitness Day 2016

March 17th, 2016

SPARK Executive Director, Dr. Kymm Ballard, participated in the 2016 SFIA National Health Through Fitness Day advocacy event on March 16, 2016 in Washington DC to support funding for physical education and health education in schools.

SPARK Acquires Healthy Kids Challenge Program

March 15th, 2016

SPARK expands nutrition programming by acquiring the rights to Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC), a nationally recognized program providing evidence-based information and best practices to help children develop skills for healthy eating and physical activity choices.

How to Find the Right After School Activities For Your Child

March 13th, 2016

Studies frequently show that children involved in after school activities experience a wide-range of social and developmental benefits. For instance, KidsHealth reports that after school activities could help children to achieve better grades and higher school attendance. What’s more, introducing advantageous hobbies into your child’s routine can help them to learn the value of time […]

Tips for Encouraging Positive Behavior in Children

March 8th, 2016

Educators have a number of important roles to play within a student’s life — from providing encouragement, to teaching them about the world. One of the most challenging things any teacher will have to do is figure out the right ways to encourage positive behavior in their students, and reduce bad behavior. Though your idea […]

The Benefits of Participation in After School Activities

March 1st, 2016

The benefits of after school activities for children are wide and varied, ranging from physical benefits due to the promotion of increased activity, to psychological and social advantages. Scientific research proves that encouraging children to engage in activities after school could aid their development. Experts in child advancement suggest that participation in extracurricular activities on […]