The Link Between Physical Activity and Academics

March 31st, 2010

The data are clear – healthy students are better learners. Over the years, a number of scientists have shown a correlation between high standardized test scores and physical fitness scores (CA Dept. of Education study), and that more time spent in physical education class did not result in a decrease in academic performance (SPARK study […]

URGENT- Advocate for Quality Physical Education!

March 23rd, 2010

Urgent Request- deadline of March 26th! Advocate for Quality Physical Education as part of the NCLB reauthorization (ESEA) The U. S. House Education and Labor Committee is collecting comments regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formally No Child Left Behind) reauthorization. In an effort to have Physical Education addressed and included in the reauthorization, […]

10 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Be More Physically Active

March 23rd, 2010

by Paul Rosengard, Dr. Jim Sallis, Dr. Thom McKenzie For optimal health, children should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (e.g., brisk walking) every day and do vigorous sports or exercise 3 times a week. 1. Frequently ask your child what physical activities they like to do, then help them do it! […]

3 Tips for Writing a 2010 PEP Grant

March 12th, 2010

This week we’re featuring a blog post from a guest author, Aaron Hart. Mr. Hart has been involved in the development of numerous successful PEP grants and we’re thankful to him for sharing some of his insights below: We’re all waiting eagerly for this year’s 2010 PEP Grant application guidelines. As we try to be […]

More good news!

March 10th, 2010

After my excitement about the President and First Lady announcing multiple strategies for combating childhood obesity on February 9, I did not imagine the next good news would come so soon. Two weeks later, on February 24, 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a summit on health and obesity. He was joined by Bill Clinton, […]

The End of an Era: Peter Savitz Retires

March 2nd, 2010

Ho-hum.  The last weekend in February usually passes without much fanfare.  This year – 2010 — was different. Wendy and I flew to Atlanta to honor a friend and colleague as he transitioned from full time work to retirement; and I want to tell you about it. Our friend is Peter Savitz, the President of […]