Integrating Physical Activity and Literature

May 29th, 2012

Integrating Physical Activity and Literature The primary goal of structured physical activity time is to ensure that children engage in sufficient minutes of developmentally appropriate activity. Teachers have opportunities to enhance lessons through the integration of language arts by reading a book before a lesson, incorporating a book into a lesson, or reading a book […]

Where in the World are Jim and Thom?

May 22nd, 2012

For those of you new to SPARK — or perhaps just a bio or two shy of a full SPARK deck — Drs. Jim Sallis and Thom McKenzie are SPARK’s Founding Fathers – kind of like our Washington and Jefferson. They developed, submitted, and won the original NIH grant that launched the very first research […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: How to Decrease Inappropriate Behavior During Structured Physical Activity

May 22nd, 2012

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 […]

Get Kids Talking About Eating Veggies

May 22nd, 2012

A simple way to teach kids nutrition is to provide a fact, and then ask questions about how that fact relates to them. It gets kids thinking and discussing real-life situations. Try the ideas below to start healthy conversations about vegetables! Veggies offer vitamins, minerals and fiber for good health. Can you name a veggie […]

New Funding for California Orgs: Innovative Ideas Challenge Grant

May 21st, 2012

Up To $4M Available to California Organizations! The California Endowment has announced the Innovative Ideas Challenge (IIC), a new grant program seeking innovative ideas to address the persistent and emerging health issues that impact underserved communities in California. Projects should align with the 10 outcomes or 4 big results from the Building Healthy Communities plan, […]

HBO’s The Weight of the Nation

May 3rd, 2012

Between 60 and 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Nearly a third of the nation’s youth age two to 19 are overweight or obese. We can’t stress enough the danger of obesity—it leads to serious health problems including heart disease, the leading cause of death in America. New generations of children face the […]