My favorite principal in Malaysia

April 4th, 2014

Dr. Sallis recently had an opportunity to visit Malaysia, to speak at the International Conference on Obesity and have meetings with collaborators. As part of tours of potential neighborhoods for an IPEN Adolescent study, we visited a high school in Kuala Lumpur. While meeting with the principal we told her we were interested in physical activity. She immediately launched into a passionate endorsement of the importance of physical activity in school. She said it was essential to have a balance of movement and academics. She also said that physical activity helps students with their academic studies.

New Year’s Message from SPARK Principal Dr. Jim Sallis

January 17th, 2014

Wishing you all an active, healthy, and happy 2014. I was able to attend the SPARK quarterly staff meeting in December and was pleasantly surprised at the significant accomplishments and progress. These were the most impressive learnings for me. Thousands of teachers and activity leaders were trained, bringing evidence-based physical activity programs to tens of […]

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, […]

It was 20 years ago today!

July 22nd, 2009

In August 1989 the SPARK study began, with funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Our goal was to create a national model of physical education designed to respond to children’s health needs. We wanted to not only get kids active, but “turn them on” to activity and build the physical and behavior-change […]