How to Plant Your Own Spring Garden

February 27th, 2012

Spring is the perfect season to start a new garden. It’s a fun and satisfying activity for the entire family, a great way to get some exercise, and you can even eat the results. Here are a few tips to get you going. Survey Your Space No place is too small for a garden; you […]

Treat Spring Fever with These Fun Outings

February 23rd, 2012

Have you found that you and your family are feeling restless lately? Well, spring is nearly here, and it’s time to get off the couch and get outside. If playing Wii golf doesn’t cut it, then get the family together and start planning to get them back out in the world. Everywhere across the country […]

Update on the 2012 Carol M. White PEP Grants

February 22nd, 2012

Latest news for the 2012 PEP Grants: There will be no new PEP competition this year. Instead, the program will make new awards by funding down the slate of 2011 applicants. Therefore, no new or revised applications for PEP grants will be accepted in 2012. Applicants that did not win in 2011 may have the opportunity to […]

Making Time for Exercise as a Family

February 20th, 2012

With hectic school schedules, work meetings, and tiring days, it’s hard to make time to exercise as a family. Televisions, video games, and constant Internet connectivity also don’t help us find the time to get outside and play together. But with some concerted effort and prior planning, making time to exercise as a family can […]

New Documentary to Show Transformation of East Harlem School into Model of School Wellness

February 16th, 2012

A whole-school wellness transformation is underway at The Children’s Storefront School in East Harlem, New York. The Children’s Storefront is an independent, tuition-free school, serving children from the neighborhood, grades P-8. The student population is 98% African-American, and 90% of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch. This Coordinated School Health Initiative, led by […]

New School Lunch Rules: It’s a Win-Win Not a War

February 16th, 2012

From our partners at Healthy Kids Challenge: I’ll be the first to admit that Healthy Kids Challenge makes it a top priority to create, and recognize, win-win situations when it comes to the health of our children. Regarding the final USDA rules for school lunch, they are a huge step forward in improving school nutrition. […]

See SPARK at National AAHPERD in Boston!

February 16th, 2012

National AAHPERD is fast approaching!  SPARK will have a big presence in Boston and we hope you’ll attend one/more of our presentations listed below and see us in the exhibit area. Presentations for Tuesday March 13th:  “Exergame Workshop – United We Move Towards Active Games 4 Health” 8am -12pm Aaron Hart “2 Small, 2 Many, […]

What’s in Season? How to Incorporate Winter Vegetables into Your Dinner Menu

February 14th, 2012

Just because you’re wrapped up in winter clothes doesn’t mean you have to lose the pleasure of fresh produce during those colder months. If you’re looking to bring seasonal vegetables to the dinner table, take a trip to your local farmers’ markets and produce aisles to take a tally of what vegetables are in stock. […]