The 5 Worst Kids Menu Foods

February 21st, 2013

Here is a look at the 5 worst kids menu foods found at some major restaurants.

The New PE: Is It Hogwash?

February 18th, 2013

Honestly, I’ve been asking myself this question since I was an undergraduate over 15 years ago. I recently re-focused on it when I stumbled upon a lengthy Facebook debate concerning what the New PE really is. Well, how can we learn the truth? It’s common to see the term used in titles for conference presentations, […]

Partner Spotlight: Healthy Lifestyle Choices

February 12th, 2013

Our health education partner, Healthy Lifestyle Choices (HLC), provides a school-based program that empowers youth with the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices. Focused on the emotional, social and physical health of children, HLC provides hands-on activities in the classroom on topics including Life Skills, Nutrition, Fitness, Safety, Conflict Resolution and Substance Abuse Prevention. […]

Early Childhood Physical Activity: What do Our Lesson Plans Teach?

February 11th, 2013

We believe all students require our best effort. Whether you’re a concerned parent or a curious teacher, we know you feel the same. So when it comes to our youngest students, we know only the most comprehensive lesson plans will do; plans that integrate active movement, life skills, critical thinking—and of course, fun! That’s why […]

Teaching PE in Thailand: A SPARKer’s Journey Volunteering Abroad

February 8th, 2013

By Billy Beltz, SPARK Marketing Director I’ll admit it, I’m jealous of all the Physical Educators we interact with every day. I’m usually stuck in the SPARK office behind a desk, and they’re out there running around and working directly with the students. I’ve spent time teaching physical activity to youth and I know it’s […]

3 Great Middle School Lesson Plans to Try This Month

February 8th, 2013

Need some ideas for engaging and enjoyable activities? Here we’ve listed three great middle school lesson plans to try this month.  SPARK Middle School Physical Education (MS PE) was designed to be more inclusive, active, and fun than traditional PE classes. Aligned with NASPE National Standards, each one of these lessons are easy to learn, and […]

What’s the Best Valentine’s Day Treat? A Healthy Heart!

February 5th, 2013

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner: a time of cards, candy, poems, and hearts adorning every door, window, and wall. While our hearts are often associated with love, they also have one of the most important roles in the human body. Let’s take a closer look at the heart’s function and anatomy. Heart Shapes […]

Diatribe from a Digital Dreamer

February 4th, 2013

By Paul Rosengard, Executive Director for SPARK Almost every morning I have coffee and read the paper.  Someone I’ve never met tosses it onto my driveway when it’s still dark outside.  Are paper people nocturnal? This, like many habits is a tough one to break – but I’m nearly there.  Soon, I’ll change my subscription […]