Written by Betty Ann Fish, 2015 SHAPE America National Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

The summer is winding down. As a physical education teacher, my hope is that your child has been physically active during their time off! Daily physical activity is vital for building healthy bodies and better brain power.…

Written by Patty Kestell, 2013 SHAPE America National Elementary PE Teacher

Only two weeks into summer and you might have already noticed a new routine creeping into your household – a little more time spent sitting around. Off of the daily school routine, children often fall victims of too much screen time and sedentary habits begin to kick in.…

By NCHPAD

On January 24, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague Letter clarifying school’s obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide extracurricular athletic opportunities for students with disabilites. The guidance creates a clear roadmap for how schools can integrate students with disabilities into mainstream athletic programs and create adapted programs for students with disabilities.…

By ACSM

Generous partners sometimes underwrite sophisticated marketing campaigns, reaching target audiences with carefully honed messages about health and wellness. But without such resources, proponents of physical activity must find other ways of getting the point across. This is the intersection of advocacy, strategy and ingenuity.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) uses a special-event strategy that I’ll paraphrase as “taking the show to the audience.” The idea, in short, is to piggyback on a gathering that is already being planned and promoted in its own right.…

By CDC

Written by Suzanne Hurley, CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Many people are aware that too few U.S. high school students in grades 9-12 are getting enough physical activity. But do you know which groups of high school students are getting less physical activity than others?

The findings of a recent school-based study – the CDC 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study (NYPANS) – provide the answers.…