News & Reports 5/17/10

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This week, we discuss efforts to increase physical activity among youth via private partnerships, state funding opportunities, and federal legislation:

American Heart Association and Nintendo Join Forces to Promote Healthy Living Through Active-Play Video Games (Source:  Concern over children’s health spurs non-traditional partnership between AHA and Nintendo.

Pennsylvania Announces Active Schools Grant Program in Elementary Schools for 2010-11 School Year  (Source:  Grants assist schools in providing 30 minutes/day of physical activity for students.

Phys. Ed. Legislation Generates Mixed Reactions (Source:  Education Week)  Respondents agree that increased physical activity among students is needed, but disagree on the proposed mandates of the FIT Kids Act.


How can the effectiveness of these approaches be maximized?  Share your ideas!