5 Ways to Help Students Stay Focused

November 11th, 2013

Anyone who has braved the perils of babysitting, or who has taken the giant leap into parenting or teaching children knows that keeping young kids attentive, engaged, and focused can be an uphill battle at times. In the best of conditions, research has shown that children between the ages of 6 and 8 have an […]

4 Ways to Avoid Halloween Candy Overload

October 24th, 2013

With Halloween just a week away, kids and parents are gearing up for the spooky festivities and sugary gorge-fest. It’s not only children who become increasingly excited as the end of October looms near—retailers and manufactures are also preparing for a big Halloween sales. The National Retail Federation estimates total Halloween spending in the U.S. […]

Healthy People 2020 RFP: New Funding Available to Non-Profits

July 6th, 2011

New Funding Available to Non-Profits Working to Promote Improved Health at a Community Level! Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project Request for Proposal Summary: The purpose of this RFP is to solicit community-level projects that use Healthy People 2020 overarching goals, topic areas and objectives to promote improved heath at a community level. Funding is […]

Awards and Rewards for a Lifetime of Achievement

July 6th, 2011

On May 10, 2011, I met a Super Bowl MVP and an Olympic gold medalist–in the same day.  That was a first for me, and these were only some of the sports celebrities gathered in a spectacular chamber in a US Senate Office Building.  The occasion was even more special because I was presented a […]

National Childhood Obesity Facts, Figures and a Solution to End the Epidemic

June 8th, 2011

Childhood obesity is a major concern in the United States. Over the past few decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children suffering from obesity. Kids are staying indoors more with limited physical activity and increased caloric consumption, resulting in a nationwide epidemic of obesity in our children. There are hundreds […]

SPARK & Skillastics Team-Up to Get Kids Active

May 6th, 2011

SPARK is proud to announce a partnership with Skillastics, the leader in engaging, reinforcing, and assessing large groups of children PreK-12 in standards-based fitness and sports specific skill development activities. Skillastics, now a SPARK Recommended Resource, will enhance SPARK activities by providing an additional assessment tool, allowing the instructor the freedom to view a large […]

2011 AAHPERD National Convention in San Diego

March 15th, 2011

All of us at SPARK are very excited the 2011 AAHPERD National Conference is in San Diego this year! Make sure to visit the SPARK booth to see the latest and greatest, and you won’t want to miss these presentations: 1. Exergame Workshop: Oceans of Opportunities Active Games 4 Better Health: Presented by: Aaron Hart […]

New Obesity Statistics Widget

February 11th, 2011

The United States is facing a child obesity epidemic and now, more than ever, needs people and organizations to step forward to change our path of self destruction. The technology exists to focus the world’s talents, creativity, and expertise on solving the problem that has cost our nation trillions of dollars over the past decade in health care costs. The combination of a grassroots movement and innovative ideas for reversing obesity will save our country money, lives, and keep our kids healthy.

Integrating Nutrition into the School Day

January 13th, 2011

Energy balance is crucial to healthy living and while physical education classes can be found in most schools across the nation, nutrition education is being taught in only a small percentage of schools.  Why is this the case if healthy eating is so important? Some reasons include a lack of standards and policies, lack of […]

The Campaign to Exterminate Physical Activity

January 5th, 2011

I was taking a delightful bike ride on a sunny but brisk December day in San Diego, and I actually passed a father and son who were riding electric bikes (no pedaling). Just a couple of minutes later I saw a family zipping around like robots on Segways. Those images kind of spoiled my ride—for […]