Can Exercise Help Students to Excel Academically?

April 26th, 2016

Not only can regular workouts in the school gym or on the playground improve learning capacity, attention span, and memory, but it also works to reduce stress, and even combat the effects of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Teacher Appreciation Week

April 21st, 2016

There are SO many things you can do to show appreciation to the teachers in your life. Here are a few ideas ranging from costing you nothing but a few minutes to those costing a few bucks.

How to Support Early Childhood Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

April 19th, 2016

The demand for jobs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (or STEM, for short) is rising each year.

SHAPE America National Convention 2016 Highlights

April 15th, 2016

Thank you to everyone who spent time with us during the SHAPE America National Convention in Minneapolis! We had a great time celebrating Sportime’s 50th birthday and introducing the new “Sportime featuring SPARK” brand. Here are just a few highlights – see you next year in Boston!

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

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.