School Lunch Learning Lab Ideas

July 25th, 2012

School nutrition staff across the country are preparing to implement the new school meal guidelines this upcoming year. You may or may not work in school nutrition, but all the ideas below are adaptable to any classroom. Turn your school’s cafeteria, and your classrooms, into a true “learning lab” during this transition with these suggestions […]

Finding grant funding for Physical Education in tough economic times

July 23rd, 2012

Paul Rosengard Across the country, we have seen decreases in funding for Physical Education (PE), yet more and more reporting of issues related to children’s health and obesity.  Research shows schools can play important roles by teaching children how to live healthy lifestyles.  Therefore, it is imperative schools and districts find alternate means to pay […]

Promoting Healthy Bodies and Healthy Body Image for Kids

July 16th, 2012

When our kids look into the mirror, what do you think they see? Many kids have physically healthy bodies; many kids have healthy body images. Unfortunately, there might be a growing number of young people who have only one or the other—or neither. Some kids are taking drastic measures to fix their perceived faults, while […]

How to Create an Anything-but-Sedentary Summer Vacation

July 10th, 2012

This summer, instead of lounging around in front of the TV bingeing on chips and soda, create an anything-but-sedentary summer vacation for your family—and yourself. It’s easier than ever to spend hours and hours sitting in a living room not moving, much to the detriment of your kids’ health and wellness. However, there are ways […]

Overcoming Challenges to Providing Physical Activity For Preschool-age Children

July 10th, 2012

Part One: Time One of the biggest reasons teachers are not able to provide sufficient amount of minutes of physical activity is time.  With all of the responsibilities teachers have leaves little time for activity.  Instead of giving up, look for ways to integrate activity into your day.  Here are some ideas to get you […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Structured Activity vs Unstructured Activity

July 3rd, 2012

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends that preschool-age children should get at least 2 hours of physical activity each day.  An hour of activity should be structured and the other hour unstructured. But what is the difference between these two types of activities? Structured Activity is: • Planned and directed • Designed […]