4 Fun Lesson Plans to Keep Kids Active During Physical Activity Month

May 15th, 2017

  Today, many schools are reducing their opportunities for physical activity, limiting recess, restricting physical education lessons, and keeping youngsters anchored to their desks for hours each day. Although this might seem like the easiest way to ensure a constant focus on academics, research indicates that physical activity and cognition go hand in hand. May […]

Keep Kids Heart-Healthy with These Fun Activities

March 7th, 2017

Physical inactivity is bad for your heart. Specifically, it’s a risk factor for developing coronary artery diseases, it increases the risk of stroke and can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and low HDL cholesterol (that’s the good kind). Encouraging your kids to be heart-healthy will help them fight these issues before they happen, […]

December 30th, 2016

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults. This year’s end, sit down with your children and ask them what they’d like to see happen over the next 12 months. Setting these goals can be an excellent opportunity to get children thinking about how their decisions affect their long term health and wellbeing. Resolutions that involve goals […]

4 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy During the Holidays

December 22nd, 2016

While most children eagerly await the start of winter break, the time off from school can present a challenging conundrum to parents: in a season when so many activities are centered around eating and indulging, how can we ensure our kids stay healthy during the holidays? Unlike summer vacation, there aren’t as many camps and […]

How to Encourage Physical Literacy in Young Children

November 29th, 2016

Parents and educators both have a vested interest in children’s literacy. One form of literacy that has become increasingly important as childhood obesity rates have climbed is physical literacy. Physical literacy is the mastering of essential movement skills and object control skills that permit a child to read their environment and make appropriate decisions. By […]

Big Results in a Short Period of Time

September 20th, 2016

New Research on SPARK Middle School PE program Published! By: Paul Rosengard, SPARK Godfather Did you know today’s SPARK’s Middle School Physical Education curriculum and teacher training program evolved from the three largest studies of MS PE ever conducted? It’s true. The three National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research projects, M-SPAN (Middle School Physical […]

Can a Healthier Lifestyle Promote Good Character in Kids?

May 24th, 2016

The early years make up an important developmental phase in any person’s life. Up to the age of 18, we’re constantly learning new habits, information, and behaviors – while establishing foundations that will shape our experiences as an adult. In short, childhood represents both opportunity and vulnerability when it comes to promoting a healthier lifestyle. […]

May 17th, 2016

It’s important to examine the reasons behind children’s declining cardiovascular health and combat this trend by teaching healthy habits.

4 Tips to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

April 5th, 2016

Sleep isn’t just a luxury of life – it’s a health requirement for adults and kids alike. When people don’t get enough sleep, it really shows. Lack of sleep has been linked to depression, lost productivity and even obesity.

11 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Stress

March 21st, 2016

Many adults think of childhood as a carefree and enjoyable part of their lives.  However, children can face stressors from many areas, such as schoolwork, social needs, sports/other activities, family issues, and even world news. Sometimes, if parents forget these stressors, children can feel alone and can have trouble meeting their needs. There are a […]