Happy Birthday SPARK!

June 25th, 2009

“It was 20 years ago today, Dr. Sallis taught the band to play.” Can you believe it, SPARK is 20 years old! Back in June 1989, Drs. Sallis and McKenzie received funding to start the original research project. Their very first employee was Kecia Carrasco, who began as the office manager; and today, Kecia is […]

Do You Live in a Healthy Neighborhood?

June 18th, 2009

I was recently asked to propose a short list of indicators of a “healthy neighborhood.” The list was to be considered by the San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative, which is a wonderful coalition working hard to improve environments and policies to support children’s health. I thought others might be interested in the list, so I […]

Rage Against the Political Machine

June 9th, 2009

SPARK was born and bred in California, and while we’re proud of our beautiful beaches, mountains, deserts and diversity, when the topic turns to politics, we deflate like a leaky balloon. That’s because when you google, “budget crisis,” you see a big picture of the Golden State with a black hole where Sacramento used to […]

Physical Educators North of the Border

June 3rd, 2009

I always liked the Canadian national anthem. Think it has a nice melody. I heard a real Canadian sing it in beautiful Banff at their national PHE (Physical and Health Education) conference this month, and she really belted it out with pride. The conference was terrific. It was attended by 1,000 dedicated professionals, a nice […]