Belville’s students (grades 2-5) first started using the ZONE monitors in January, and Belville’s seen them embrace the technology.
“They love it,” Belville said after her first week using the ZONEs. “They want to keep it on all day. They want to get the opportunity to get their heart rate up. They don’t want to be in the blue.” Read More
Originally published Feb. 12, 2019 in U.S. News & World Reports.
By Len Canter, HealthDay Reporter
Physical activity is closely linked to development of a child’s mental skills — ones essential to academic success and navigating challenges they’ll face throughout life.
Studies show that boosts in thinking ability, or executive function, often follow bouts of activity. But only one-third of children are physically active every day. Less than half the time they spend in school activities — like physical education, team practices and even games — includes movement that qualifies as physical activity. This shortfall means that their physical health, as well as their mental skills, may suffer. Read More
Originally published Feb. 4, 2019 in the Bristol Herald Courier.
By Valerie Honeycutt Spears
The mother of two Fayette County, Ky., students is questioning how much physical activity her children get at school.
Janine Schmedding-Bartley, who has two children at Millcreek Elementary School, said her “first-grader hasn’t been outside since October.
At a public hearing, she said her fifth-grade daughter and her first-grade son get far less physical activity than was offered at schools in Michigan. The family moved from there to Lexington this academic year. Read More
Originally published Feb. 10, 2019 in The Bulletin.
By Jackson Hogan
Despite the state giving Oregon schools a few more years to meet a minimum number of physical education minutes per week, many Central Oregon school districts are still struggling to provide gym time for elementary and middle school students.
Many district officials say meeting requirements is difficult due to a lack of gym space, not enough staff and little funding from the state. Read More