National Association for Health and Fitness Forum Meeting 2012

April 25th, 2012

I had the pleasure of presenting/attending this gathering in Las Vegas, March 27-30th.  The group meets every other year and partners with ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) which has their own Health and Fitness Summit immediately following. What a enjoyable and memorable event!  It was really nice to attend a meeting of less than […]

Physical Education (PE) Apps for Teachers

April 20th, 2012

Today, more and more teachers are looking for ways to integrate their smart phones and iPads (and other tablets) with their physical education and health courses. Below is a list of apps that we’ve found helpful for Physical Educators. Click Here to view a recording of our webinar, Apps for PE Teachers: “Don’t be a […]

How Does Physical Activity Affect Academic Performance?

April 19th, 2012

Phospholipid bilayers? Pythagorean Theorem? The Lusitania? Kennedy Who? And so it goes. Students in every grade level at schools across the country are struggling in class. It’s not because they’re underachievers, or they’re not smart, or they don’t care. It’s because we’re working against them. The longer children and teens are forced to sit and […]

What’s the Difference Between PE and Physical Activity?

April 16th, 2012

Physical activity and physical education are two terms that are often mistakenly used interchangeably. While there are inherent similarities and overlapping, there’s one point that needs to be made clear—physical education and physical activity are not synonymous. For example, say there are two children. Both get adequate physical activity—playing at recess, at home, and on […]

Hawaii’s Fun 5: SPARK After-School, Island-Style

April 13th, 2012

At SPARK, we’ve been really fortunate to work with many terrific educators and researchers over the years.  Our friends in Hawaii – Claudio Nigg and Paula Adams – are no exception.  They took the lead on a physical activity and nutrition project they called “Fun 5,” and did an exemplary job of modifying SPARK After School to meet […]