Rockville Elementary receives physical education award

Originally published May 19, 2019 in the Miami County Republic.

By Doug Carder

Rockville Elementary has received a statewide award for its excellence in physical education.

The Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance tabbed Rockville for its Model School Gold Award, which will be presented at the 2019 KAHPERD state convention in Pittsburg. Rockville Elementary’s physical education program also will be highlighted in the Spring 2020 issue of the KAHPERD Journal. Read More

Partner physical education is bringing together students of all abilities

Originally published April 23, 2019 by Q13 Fox.

In just its second year, a class is bringing together students of all abilities. The program called Partner Physical Education is happening in some Seattle Public Schools and its impact goes beyond the gym.

For many, PE is about building confidence and making connections. It’s on display, everywhere you look at this PE class at Eckstein Middle School. Students with disabilities are paired with general education students. The goal is to make sure the class moves at a pace that works for everyone. Read More

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Elementary Students Put Fitness Skills on Display in Teachers’ Ninja Warrior Challenge

Students at Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School (Port Jervis, N.Y.) gave their teachers new insight into their athletic abilities during last year’s Warrior Kids Heart Challenge. Teachers Jon Foley and Nicole Beam created the challenge – an obstacle course fashioned after popular television competition American Ninja Warrior –  as part of the school’s American Heart Association unit.  Read More

CDC researcher: Physical activity one of the most important ways to improve health

Originally published July 27, 2019 by WRVO Public Media.

With much discussion on how sedentary Americans are in the present society, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created guidelines for activity, all with the message that any exercise is better than none at all.

Dr. John D. Omura, who works in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the CDC in the Physical Activity and Health Branch, spoke with “Take Care” about the CDC and his research. He has helped author several studies relating to exercise, including “Walking as an Opportunity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention,” which he hopes will encourage more Americans to stay active. Read More

Spending Time At The Gym Linked To Higher GPAs In College

Originally published  July 12 in Medical Daily.

By Lecia Bushak

Research out of Michigan State University (MSU) has found a link between exercise and higher GPAs in college students. It’s not a surprising finding, as plenty of research exists highlighting the mental, physical, and even emotional benefits of working out.

The study discovered that students who were members of recreational sports and fitness centers at Michigan State during their freshman and sophomore years had higher GPAs than students who weren’t. The researchers also found that students who had memberships at the gym were less likely to drop out of school — there was an increase of 3.5 percent in two-year retention rates among the members. Read More