School board to consider adding yoga course

Originally published Feb. 26, 2019 by KMVT-11.

By Elenee Dao

A teacher from a Twin Falls school is trying to implement a yoga course, to help supplement their students’ physical activities.

Health education and physical education teacher Leah Holloway, with Canyon Ridge High School, said they went to the school board to get the course on the schedule for next year. Read More

Colorado District Uses ESSA Title IV Funding to Add Wellness Technology

Heart Rate Monitors, Software Allow Teachers to Connect with Students to Teach Fitness Skills, Measure Results

A Douglas County (Colo.) School District administrator used her district’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV, Part A funding to improve and measure student wellness with heart rate training.

Beginning late in the 2017-18 school year, Healthy Schools Coordinator Laurie LaComb used funds from the district’s annual ESSA Title IV, Part A allocation to purchase sets of IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors.

Students receive continuous feedback on their physical activity by wearing the IHT ZONE monitors during their PE classes. Improved fitness, LaComb knows, brings academic benefits as well. Read More

Mississippi school recognized for healthy initiatives

Recognition brings BCBS Foundation grant to enhance wellness programs

Originally published Jan. 30, 2019 by WLOX TV.

A Gulf Coast school has been honored for its commitment to healthy initiatives.

For the fifth year in a row, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has offered Mississippi schools the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in grant funding through the Healthy School Awards.

Poplarville Lower Elementary School was named “The Healthiest School in Mississippi,” winning $50,000 to enhance its wellness programs. Poplarville Lower Elementary School was also named a “Healthy School” in 2018. Read More

UNK prepares future PE teachers through active learning

Originally published Feb. 21, 2019 in the Kearney Hub.

Forget pull-ups, rope-climbing and all the other stereotypes.

Physical education is much different these days.

It’s not a glorified recess where students establish their dominance during a game of dodgeball, and it’s far more than a set of drills that determine who can run the fastest and jump the highest. Read More

Healthy Berkeley awards grants to Berkeley County teachers

Originally published Feb. 20, 2019 in the Herald-Mail.

By Meg Partington

Healthy Berkeley, a community collaborative headed by WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center that includes several local organizations and volunteer community members, raises funds through the Truffle Shuffle 5K to fund physical-activity grants for Berkeley County schoolteachers.

Healthy Berkeley has awarded more than $6,000 in grants over the last four years, potentially impacting more than 6,600 students. The funding goes to a wide range of equipment that teachers can use for classrooms, and during recess and after-school programs. Read More