ACT’s lagging NAPLAN results could be solved with physical education

Originally published July 24, 2017 in the Canberra Times.

By Emily Baker

Canberra researchers have unlocked the key to healthier students with better NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) scores – but the ACT  (Australian Capital Territory) government passed up the offer to formalise an associated program.

Studies led by University of Canberra sports scientist Dick Telford have found either a relationship or conclusive evidence that physical education improves the health and academic outcomes of students. One internationally-published randomised trial undertaken in ACT schools found that children who participated in 90 minutes of physical education each week recorded NAPLAN scores about 10 points higher than those who did not.

Sports scientist Dick Telford at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE). Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

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ESSA takes center stage as new school year approaches

July 27, 2017 – A new era begins next month as the U.S. Department of Education focuses on a more well-rounded approach to student development under the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

ESSA becomes the nation’s public education standard with the arrival of the 2017-18 school year. Educators have one eye trained on ESSA’s implementation, the other on Congress as it deliberates over the DoE’s 2017-28 budget.

Before federal funding is passed down, the DoE must review and accept each state’s education plan. A key element to states’ plans will be an explanation detailing how local districts will develop data to prove schools will deliver programs that fully prepare students for success both in college and their postgraduate careers. Read More

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Adams County teen develops, runs free PE program for underprivileged kids

Originally published July 24, 2017 in YourHub, a Denver Post publication.

By Megan Mitchell

Photos by Kathryn Scott, YourHub

Every Tuesday and Thursday right after lunch, a couple dozen kids who live near Twin Lakes in south Adams County trickle through the front doors of the Pearl Mack Community Center and head to a large meeting room to help Alex Aleman set up for class.

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DENVER, CO – JULY 18: Alex Aleman, 18, directs his Healthy Kids in Action class at the Perl Mack Community Center on July 18, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Aleman launched the class himself several years ago and volunteers his own time to run the free physical education class twice a week. He even recently ran a fundraising campaign to buy some more equipment to use during the class. (Photo by Kathryn Scott/The Denver Post)

Chatter and teen banter fills the room. But as soon as Aleman, 18, begins a lesson, all talk stops, and the youths crowd around him, listening intently as he describes the activities planned for the next hour.

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How to Utilize Heart Rate Training For a More Efficient Workout

Originally published June 27, 2017 by Fitness Formula Clubs.

By Tyler Sutphen, FFC Union Station Personal Trainer

Whether you are spending time on the treadmill or time hitting the weights, chances are you might not be using that time as effectively as you could be. Time is of the essence, so let’s get right into it.

heart rate trainingMost exercise routines you see online do not take into account your heart rate during each training session. Most likely, they state something to the effect of doing 30 minutes to an hour on some piece of cardio equipment and a basic strength program stating you should rest for 30 seconds between each set. Read More