Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle with HKC this Nutrition Month

March 20th, 2015

March is Nutrition Month! Get tools and teaching tips from our Nutrition Services partner, Healthy Kids Challenge.

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Increasing Physical Education Participation

June 19th, 2012

Every teacher has encountered children who are not disruptive, but demonstrate that are clearly not ready to participate in structured physical activity. It is essential to develop a positive learning environment that is physically and emotionally safe. The goal is that children feel secure, are able to take risks, try new things, help one another, […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Repeating PE Lessons

June 12th, 2012

Children enter preschool with different experiences and levels of exposure to physical activity. Lessons should be presented in a teaching progression to introduce and develop fundamental movement and motor skills which require repetition and practice. Teachers are the best judge of how rapidly to progress through lessons. Rather than moving on to the next lesson, […]

Integrating Physical Activity and Literature

May 29th, 2012

Integrating Physical Activity and Literature The primary goal of structured physical activity time is to ensure that children engage in sufficient minutes of developmentally appropriate activity. Teachers have opportunities to enhance lessons through the integration of language arts by reading a book before a lesson, incorporating a book into a lesson, or reading a book […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: How to Decrease Inappropriate Behavior During Structured Physical Activity

May 22nd, 2012

Children face an abundance of “firsts” when they attend preschool, including their first experience of structured activity time. Enjoyment and success during activity is best achieved by remembering the saying, “The best defense is a good offense. Children need to learn the expectations for the structured activity class time. For a sample lesson plan with […]

CDC’s Community Transformation Grants (CTGs)

May 25th, 2011

Created by the Affordable Care Act, Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) are aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease. Over $100M is available for the current year, and local/state health departments are a perfect fit for this opportunity! Deadlines: Letter of Intent: June 6, 2011 […]

3 Nutrition Questions Answered…

September 13th, 2010

1. What are the best snacks for kids to help them sustain their energy levels all day? The best snacks for sustaining energy levels are ones that combine complex carbohydrates from whole grains, fruits or vegetables, with some lean protein such as nuts or cheese, and a little bit of fat to enhance taste and […]

Coordinated School Health- Motivation for Change

August 18th, 2010

SPARK recently completed a 2-year research study in Louisville, KY for our Coordinated School Health Initiative. Coordinated School Health is an approach to school health that improves students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, schools, and communities working together. The SPARK research study was designed to pilot our programs and […]

Four SPARK Schools Win National Award for Healthy Schools

June 28th, 2010

Each year, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation awards  the Healthy Schools Program National Recognition Award to schools around the country that have reached an important benchmark in improving the learning and working environments of students and staff. By making significant changes in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and staff wellness, these schools […]

Good News About Active Physical Education

June 16th, 2010

To those of us at SPARK, and certainly to me, active classes is a hallmark of quality Physical Education (PE). A PE class in which students are standing or sitting most of the time cannot be a good PE class. PE is about teaching through the physical. The goal is to teach movement skills, teamwork, […]