Early Childhood Teaching Tip #1: Decreasing Inappropriate Behavior During Structured Physical Activity

January 26th, 2011

Children face an abundance of “firsts” when they attend preschool, including their first experience of structured activity time.  Enjoyment and success during activity is best achieved by remembering the saying, “The best defense is a good offense. Children need to learn the expectations for the structured activity class time. For a sample lesson plan with […]

HOPE for the Future: Health Optimizing Physical Education

January 25th, 2011

School physical education (PE) will flourish only when its programs are perceived as being of public importance. Currently many children enjoy it and parents often say it is important, but PE is far from prospering (McKenzie & Lounsbery, 2009). It has far too many objectives for the time and resources (teachers, space, equipment) allocated to […]

Integrating Nutrition into the School Day

January 13th, 2011

Energy balance is crucial to healthy living and while physical education classes can be found in most schools across the nation, nutrition education is being taught in only a small percentage of schools.  Why is this the case if healthy eating is so important? Some reasons include a lack of standards and policies, lack of […]

11 Tips to Help Decrease Inappropriate Behavior

January 13th, 2011

Is it true what they say about that “one bad apple in the bunch”? We all know there are many different kinds of apples in our classes, and while some may be a little sweeter than others, they all contribute to a healthy bushel. Here are eleven tips to help decrease inappropriate behavior and help […]

NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Funding Opportunity

January 10th, 2011

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a new organization aiming to help schools help themselves by getting kids to focus on a combination of physical activity and healthy nutrition choices on a daily basis. Is your school planning on or already participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program sponsored by the NFL? If […]

The Campaign to Exterminate Physical Activity

January 5th, 2011

I was taking a delightful bike ride on a sunny but brisk December day in San Diego, and I actually passed a father and son who were riding electric bikes (no pedaling). Just a couple of minutes later I saw a family zipping around like robots on Segways. Those images kind of spoiled my ride—for […]