How Active is Your CA Teen?

June 28th, 2012

Extrapolated from Health Policy Brief, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, May 2011 Many California Teens Do Not Participate in Physical Education California requires 400 minutes of physical education every 10 days for middle and high school students. Despite these requirements, more than one third (38% of California adolescents, 1.3 million teens in all) report […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Stop and Start Signals

June 26th, 2012

In order to keep children on task and provide instruction during lessons, it is important to teach children to respond quickly and consistently to start and stop signals. This will allow more time to be spent on activity rather than class management.  There are many different types of stop and start signals.  There are many […]

Stay Fit and Have Fun with Outdoor Summertime Activities

June 22nd, 2012

No season stands close to summer when it comes to outdoor activity potential. From the beach to your local park, there are a million ways to stay fit, have fun, and enjoy the summer sun. Let’s dive right in, shall we? Here’s a look at ways you can stay fit in the summer that won’t […]

Healthy Kids Challenge: Action Idea, Tip Sheet, and June Challenge

June 19th, 2012

Action Idea: Bumps on a Bagel Recipe, A Taste and Learn Activity Ingredients: 4 whole grain bagels, split in half 4 small ripe bananas ground cinnamon 1 cup raisins This Taste and Learn Activity is based upon the HKC Healthy6 Snack Attack message which teaches kids to choose foods with added sugar and fat less […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Increasing Physical Education Participation

June 19th, 2012

Every teacher has encountered children who are not disruptive, but demonstrate that are clearly not ready to participate in structured physical activity. It is essential to develop a positive learning environment that is physically and emotionally safe. The goal is that children feel secure, are able to take risks, try new things, help one another, […]

PE Grant Guide

June 18th, 2012

Once budget season rolls around, it’s very common for educators and administrators to hold their breath. Unfortunately, PE is often one of the first departments to get cut from the budget in dire situations—unless you can do either of two things: secure grant funding that ensures not only your program’s existence, but its vitality and […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Repeating PE Lessons

June 12th, 2012

Children enter preschool with different experiences and levels of exposure to physical activity. Lessons should be presented in a teaching progression to introduce and develop fundamental movement and motor skills which require repetition and practice. Teachers are the best judge of how rapidly to progress through lessons. Rather than moving on to the next lesson, […]

Lesson Plan: 3-Catch Basketball

June 11th, 2012

Here’s a glimpse into what a SPARK lesson plan has to offer. We’ll look at one very popular game called 3-Catch Basketball, which is from the SPARK 3-6 PE Program. It’s a fantastic way to increase coordination and teach teamwork and strategy for elementary students. Let’s huddle up. Here’s how to play: What is 3-Catch […]

New: Community Transformation Grants (CTG) “Small Communities Program”

June 6th, 2012

The CTG Small Communities Program was recently announced with approximately $70 million being awarded to improve the health of small communities across the nation. This small communities component of the CTG program targets intervention populations of up to 500,000 in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities and counties in order to increase opportunities for people […]

June 5th, 2012

This communication is stimulated by the release of a journal article about physical education and public health that I want to comment about. But first, I noticed it has been almost one year since my last blog entry, so I want to mention a few things that have happened recently. Moving universities was a big […]