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 […]

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 […]

Speak Up for Active Latino Kids!

November 2nd, 2016

Latino kids and teens don’t get enough physical activity, which is critical for a healthy weight and proper physical and mental growth and development. But you have an opportunity to speak up for active kids!

Parents: 3 Easy Actions You Can Take to Boost Play for Kids!

September 13th, 2016

School is back in session. But too many schoolyards are LOCKED UP after classes, especially in Latino neighborhoods, and families often lack safe places to play. That’s why Salud America! has a new campaign urging schools to boost public access to recreational facilities. Salud America!, led by health researcher Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, is a […]

Fun Physical Activities for Summer

July 12th, 2016

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant Include physical activity into every family event (e.g. parties, picnics, reunions, vacations, etc.). Choose activities that are fun for everyone; remember these do not need to be competitive or sports-oriented. You may have to invest in a few equipment items to help with this; some examples are […]

Staying Active over Summer Break

July 5th, 2016

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant It’s finally summer break! Your kids have been working hard all school year long and now they get to sleep in and veg out all day, right? Well, while they technically could do that, they really shouldn’t! Having so much free time over the summer is […]

Quidditch – Should You Embrace the Global Craze?

June 3rd, 2016

Kids and adults at all fitness levels can participate together in Quidditch in some way, thanks to its variation of player roles.

50 Activation Grant Winners Announced

May 26th, 2016

In celebration of Sportime’s 50th anniversary and in partnership with Let’s Move! Active Schools, Sportime featuring SPARK is proud to announce (50) Activation Grant awards to schools nationwide to help students get active before, during, and after school.

4 Tips to Motivate Kids to Be Active

September 1st, 2015

You’ve likely heard the statistic before: over one-third of children and adolescents are overweight. That number has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This government agency suggests lowering the risk of obesity and its associated health problems through […]

[INFOGRAPHIC] Youth & Yoga

March 12th, 2015

Yoga isn’t just for grown ups anymore. It serves as another fun, physical activity for kids and it has mental and physical benefits. Check out some of these yoga poses in this infographic! Share This Infographic On Your Site Provided by: SparkPE.com