By Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

High school and college football teams start their practices for the fall season in the brutal heat of the summer. Young players and their parents and coaches should start getting kids prepared for these conditions now to decrease the risk of heat illness when practice starts.…

Written by Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

March is National Athletic Training Month. If you coach or work at a high school, or know someone who plays high school sports, you should inquire about the presence of an athletic trainer during sports practices and games. If the school does not currently have access to an athletic trainer, parents, coaches, and the athletic director should work together to try to arrange for athletic trainer coverage.…

Written by Patty Kestell, SHAPE America 2013 National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

It’s February — what comes to mind? Valentine’s Day, chocolates and celebrating with the one you love? February is also recognized as American Heart Month — a time to remember our commitment to ourselves to stay heart healthy.…

Written by Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Now that school is out, kids have time to play and get exercise. Unfortunately, far too many children spend hours each day watching television and doing other activities in front of a screen rather than being physically active.

In a 2013 policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Communications and Media estimated that 8- to 10-year-olds spend about eight hours each day engaging in various forms of media.…

This week’s spotlight shines on the Kids Take Heart program offered by The Hope Heart Institute, an organization in Bellevue, Washington that focuses on cardiovascular disease prevention.

Program BasicsKids Take Heart (KTH) is a health and fitness curriculum that includes anatomy, fitness, nutrition, stress and goal-setting.  It was developed and piloted by certified teachers in nearly 20 districts and over 60 schools and 650 classrooms. …

This week we would like to spotlight the Hip Hop Healthy Heart Program for Children™ (Hip Hop), a comprehensive wellness program bringing together physical education, music, and arts in grade K-6th.

The Program Basics

Hip Hop works through wellness education that flows from teacher, to student, to family and the community at large.…

This week, we highlight promising physical activity programs for school children, as well as adults with disabilities:

Conflict resolution, physical activity drive playground program  (Source:  The Meadville Tribune)  Description of the Peaceful Playground program, designed to increase physical activity and decrease bullying during recess.

Disabilities are no hurdle to exercise (Source:  Delaware Online)  Examples of successful physical activity programs for adults with disabilities. …

This week’s articles include a discussion on ‘fitness vs. fatness’ and a description of how a museum is being used to promote physical activity:

Can you be fat and fit?  More health experts say yes (Source:  NPR)  A cardiologist asks physicians to explore beyond BMI.

Children’s Museum’s exercise program promotes healthy living (Source:  Star News Online)  Children’s museum in Wilmington offers weekly physical activity classes.…

This week, we highlight research and policy approaches to increasing physical activity in schools:

 

 

 

Strickland signs child obesity bill (Source:  FallsNewsPress.com)  Ohio enacts new law regarding nutrition and physical activity at school, in an effort to combat childhood obesity.

 

Reinventing phys ed for middle schoolers (Source:  The Orange County Register)  Promising results from a nutrition and physical activity intervention study among 42 middle schools.…

Happy 1st day of summer!  This week, we highlight fun and innovative programs to promote fitness this summer:

Work looks like play at PE teachers institute (Source:  INDenverTimes.com)  Award-winning teachers gather to learn creative approaches to teaching and assessing physical education. 

Girl Scout camp focuses on healthy habits (Source:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  Camp encourages healthy lifestyles.…