5 Factors of Childhood Obesity

June 27th, 2013

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Our infographic below illustrates the most significant biological, behavioral and environmental contributions to childhood obesity in America and some simple ways to maintain a healthy life.

Presidential Youth Fitness Program Recipients

June 14th, 2013

Congratulations to the recipients of the inaugural Presidential Youth Fitness Program grants! As a research-based public health organization, SPARK applauds the hard work and forward thinking that has led to the development of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. SPARK believes strongly in the power of assessment, quality professional development, and motivational recognition and has long […]

2013 Southwest District Convention

June 13th, 2013

I hope we’ll see you in Las Vegas June 26-29 for the 2013 Southwest District Convention! This year’s conference features some amazing speakers including a keynote by our very own Dr. James Sallis. If you attend make sure to visit SPARK in the exhibit hall and say hello to myself, Kymm Ballard or Ryan Schissler. […]

How Common Core Can Be Implemented in P.E.

June 11th, 2013

The Common Core standards were introduced to schools throughout the nation in 2010 and have quickly been adopted by 45 states. Designed as a robust, nationwide set of school standards, the Common Core program builds off the state standards already in place. The standards prepare students for college and the workforce by providing them with […]

Benefits of Music and Dance in PE Class

June 6th, 2013

Music is a timeless element that has been around since humans first created rhythms from the beating of sticks and stones. It is powerful, drawing deep emotions and memories buried in the thick of things, but most of all, music is a stimulant for the mind, body, and soul. Once the music starts, you don’t […]

SPARK is Partnering with Motion Fitness to Get America’s Youth Moving

June 4th, 2013

The childhood obesity statistics in America are startling: over the past three decades, obesity rates among youth have tripled, and nearly one third of children in America are now overweight or obese. While there are many different culprits, reduced physical activity is one of the main causes of this national epidemic. At SPARK we’re building […]

The Benefits of Structured Physical Activity for Early Childhood Programs

June 3rd, 2013

Structured physical activities are usually led by a qualified adult and include organized sports, guided play, and school PE programs. Structured activities are important throughout a person’s life, but they play an essential role in early childhood—from birth to about five years of age. These are very tender years for a child. What they learn […]