When Kids are Physically Active at School, #WellnessWins

April 28th, 2017

Through quality physical education, kids learn how to move their bodies fluently and develop the necessary skills to lead an active life. In Rockingham County Schools, more than 12,000 students can count on opportunities to be active each and every day – thanks, in part, to our wellness policy.

Tips for a Successful Field Day this Spring

April 7th, 2017

Every spring all over the world, schools are preparing to put on a Field Day for their students. When done well, Field Days can be an active and fun time for everyone. In this blog, I’ll give those in charge of Field Day some tips to make it successful.

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, […]

How to Include Dance in Your Lesson Plan

March 2nd, 2017

Just as with most sports, dance has many benefits beyond the physical. It has been shown to improve a child’s social and emotional skills, with teachers reporting that dance made their students more accepting of one another and respectful of their body and that of others. Dance is also a good means of fitness for […]

February 23rd, 2017

There’s a reason why it feels so good when you have an uninhibited dance party in your bedroom. As well as being a great way to release tension — not to mention have a lot of fun — there are studies showing that dance is also an excellent way to foster the emotional and social […]

Physical Education vs. Physical Activity [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 12th, 2017

The two terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing! Although they work together like peanut butter and jelly, Physical Education and Physical Activity are two separate things — and it’s important for teachers and parents to understand the difference.   Share This Infographic On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to http://www.sparkpe.org/ […]

Staying Active in Winter: Tips and Tricks for Kids

December 29th, 2016

Staying active in the winter months can be a daunting task. Most people would just rather stay inside, veg out on the couch, and call it a day. But these kinds of activities aren’t good for your physical or mental health. Fortunately, there are numerous indoor activities that can be a good substitute for more […]

How Much Activity Do Young Children Need?

December 6th, 2016

Physical activity is an important factor in the healthy development of children. Inadequate physical activity negatively impacts childhood development and puts children at risk to become obese, develop Type II diabetes, and cardiovascular health risks, Unfortunately, many parents underestimate the role that activity  plays in keeping children happy and healthy. According to a recent survey […]

5 Steps for Parents to Advocate for Better Physical Education

November 9th, 2016

With such a push to improve academic test scores, many schools are failing to support physical education and physical activity (PA). So, what can you, as a parent, do to urge schools to increase both the quantity and the quality of physical education? Be an advocate!

Adapted Physical Activities for Recess

November 3rd, 2016

Recess can be the most fun part of a child’s school day, and it’s important for any planned activities to be inclusive for all students. That’s where adapted physical activities come in. These are activities that have been changed in one way or another to accommodate students who have sensory, motor and/or intellectual disabilities. The […]