SportFIT 201

September 11th, 2017

In our last blog, SportFIT 101, we provided an overview of SportFIT, which is SPARK’s High School PE high intensity, sport-like training program located on SPARKfamily.com. In this blog, we will showcase the SportFIT unit by sharing resources and tips to help you successfully implement this unit in your own program.

SportFIT 101

September 4th, 2017

SportFIT is SPARK’s high intensity, sport-like training program designed to improve each participant’s overall fitness. SportFIT relies on the unique characteristics of sport to motivate participants to fully engage in fitness-based activities, making the experience more authentic, personally meaningful and fun.

6 Tips for Helping Students Start Healthy Habits

August 24th, 2017

Building new habits is like learning to ride a bike. At first it can be frustrating and it might feel like you’re getting nowhere, but looking back years later, you realize how instinctive it’s become. Just like riding a bike, healthy habits are a lot easier to master during the school years. And building a […]

Taking the Fear Out of Physical Education

August 10th, 2017

An educator’s job goes beyond ensuring students learn particular facts and develop certain skills. Instead, educators play a critical role in instilling their students with a love of learning, discovery and exploration. Ideally, an enthusiastic and skilled educator can help a student not only remember the year the Constitution was written or the Civil War […]

Tabata 201

August 7th, 2017

Imagine a PE class that operates like a wellness center… one where motivated students choose from and enjoy participating in a variety of fitness stations, where each station is led by certified student-instructors, focused on helping their peers develop personal fitness skills, knowledge and confidence.

Tabata 101

August 1st, 2017

Tabata is a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) program designed to get maximum fitness benefits in a short duration workout, making it a great option when you are pressed for time or want a change from more traditional workout programs.

What the 2016 Shape of the Nation Report Says About Recess

June 6th, 2017

The latest Shape of the Nation report included a combination of recess and research. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America have poured vast amounts of time and energy into figuring out how our children can get the most out of recess. In the U.S., two recesses rarely look […]

Are Your Students Meeting the Physical Education Guidelines?

May 22nd, 2017

By teaching young minds the proper techniques of physical fitness, educators are better able to instill valuable knowledge that will last a lifetime. But how close are your students coming to an ideal physical education? Read on to discover the Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Promote Physical Activity Month at Your School

May 8th, 2017

Today, most parents and educators alike know that children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day. While encouraging children to spend an hour being active might not seem like much of a challenge, the truth is that we’re living in a world where youngsters are spending more time glued to […]