National Health Through Fitness Day 2016

March 17th, 2016

SPARK Executive Director, Dr. Kymm Ballard, participated in the 2016 SFIA National Health Through Fitness Day advocacy event on March 16, 2016 in Washington DC to support funding for physical education and health education in schools.

The Impact of Screens on Children, and How to Encourage a Healthier Lifestyle

January 14th, 2016

Across the United States, children appear to be spending far more time in front of screens, and less time improving their physical and mental health through positive activity. The availability of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and various other media has changed the way that parents and children think about “play”, at a much younger age. Not […]

Keep Kids Active With These Healthy Gift Ideas

December 1st, 2015

Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that your children are likely to become less active throughout the winter months. From the end of October to the beginning of the New Year, candy, and treats means that unhealthy indulgence increases, while physical activity levels decrease. Fortunately, with the right stimuli, most children love staying active, and […]

SPARK Joins Forces with KIDS in the GAME, ICAN Foundation and Supporting Organizations to Combat Rising Issues of Childhood Obesity

August 19th, 2015

Inspired by a school counselor’s passion to implement change in her classroom and community, SPARK recently teamed-up with KIDS in the GAME and ICAN Foundation to provide the Oakhurst Intermediate School in Clarksdale, Mississippi with much-needed resources to develop a comprehensive physical education and health program.

The Best Apps for Keeping Kids Active

May 6th, 2015

It’s safe to say that the world around us is becoming increasingly mobile and tech-oriented. People of every age are falling in love with their smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which can result in a more lethargic lifestyle and shortened attention spans. Having a healthy approach to life prevents your children from packing on the pounds […]

The 5 Best Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

April 13th, 2015

Let’s face it–even as adults, there are certain foods that we’d like to avoid eating. However, when it comes to picky eating, it’s fair to say that children really take the biscuit. Often, as parents we struggle to convince our children to eat the right meals at the right times–even with foods we know they […]

Q: How Can We Help Students Reach 60-a-day?

May 5th, 2014

For National Physical Education Week, we’re taking a deeper look into a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program and resources available to help reach the goal of 60 minutes of MVPA a day.

Advocating for Physical Education and Student Health

March 14th, 2014

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but that doesn’t stop hundreds of people from going on “The Hill” to advocate for quality physical education. And, it seems to be working! Advocacy has helped provide federal funding for physical education and other important public health initiatives.

Schooling, Health and Youth Development – What is Necessary?

March 13th, 2014

Each child, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. That’s what a whole child approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement really is. ASCD authors have penned a number of articles about the need for schools, educators and policymakers to focus on the health and well-being of their students. Not just for the sake of their health and well-being (if that shouldn’t be enough on its own) but also to support effective teaching and learning.

Healthy & Easy Recipe for National Nutrition Month

March 11th, 2014

Try this recipe for National Nutrition Month. This Apple Almond Salad recipe is easy to use when teaching kids about healthy habits, and easy for them to learn some basic kitchen skills, too! At a school or community program (or even at home) use this activity to challenge kids to learn about what they taste. It works with many fruit & veggie-based recipes, but our favorite is this apple-almond salad!