physical literacy

Physical literacy: New paradigm for fighting physical inactivity

Originally published Dec. 1, 2018 in Contemporary Pediatrics.

By Cheryl Guttman Krader

Current guidelines on physical activity for children and adolescents recommend accumulating at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) daily. The majority of children and adolescents, however, are not meeting this goal.

Furthermore, efforts to spark an ongoing interest in active play, outdoor games, and sport activities are falling short of expectations. In addition, school districts are considering physical education an expendable curriculum component, and parents are chauffeuring their kids everywhere. Read More


Students Reinforce Essential Fitness Skills Through PE Reflection

Flipped Classroom Strategy Paired With Post-Workout Reflection Increases Student Mastery of Successful Exercise Habits

Two years ago, Oskaloosa (Iowa) Middle School PE teacher Betsy Luck flipped the script on her seventh and eighth-grade students. Luck challenged them to take the lead in developing exercise programs that enabled them to meet daily goals for time spent exercising at an elevated heart rate.

Instead of lecturing students on the benefits of an upcoming PE unit, she had students research and master the lesson for homework. While she stood ready to answer questions the next day, she wanted students to demonstrate the type of worked they’d utilize to meet the goal for minutes of exercise in the target heart rate zone. Read More

benefits of physical activity

Knowing the specific benefits of exercise linked to exercising more

Originally published Dec. 4, 2018 by Journalist’s Resource.

By Chloe Reichel

New research suggests that people who know more about the benefits of physical activity spend more time doing it.

The paper, published in PLOS ONE in November 2018, looked at survey data from 615 adults in Australia. In a phone interview with Journalist’s Resource, author Stephanie Schoeppe, a research fellow in the Physical Activity Research Group at Central Queensland University, said that it was difficult to say whether the findings could be generalized to the U.S. population, but suggested it would be interesting to attempt to replicate the finding in other populations. Read More

McHenry High School District 156 physical education department receives award

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recognizes staff for getting students to ‘buy in’ to the importance of physical activity

Originally published Nov. 23, 2018 in the Northwest Herald.

The McHenry High School District 156 physical education department was recognized with a Blue Ribbon Award for excellence from the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance after a yearlong effort to showcase the department’s approach to educating the whole student – mind and body.

District officials and physical education teachers and administrators received the Blue Ribbon Award plaque and banner during a Nov. 15 ceremony at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles as part of the association’s annual conference.“We are very proud that our PE department was recognized by the Blue Ribbon Committee for the amazing work they do on behalf of our school community each and every day,” District 156 Superintendent Ryan McTague said. “This recognition solidified their status as one of the most progressive PE departments in the state, and it is an honor that is well-deserved.” Read More


Exercise program a big HIIT for students’ fitness and mental well-being

Originally published Nov. 30, 2018 by the University of Newcastle, Australia.

A high-intensity physical activity program targeting senior high school students has scored a positive report card, not only improving students’ fitness but also their mental well-being.

Created by University of Newcastle and Australian Catholic University researchers in collaboration with the NSW Department of Education, the Burn 2 Learn pilot program, which features short but intense workouts, has been designed to address the decreasing amount of physical activity adolescents do as they get older. Read More