Work out Wednesdays promotes health among youth

Originally published Feb. 14, 2019 by NBC 10 News.

By Barbara Morse Silva

“Work out Wednesdays” engage middle school students.

It all started back in 2013 at North Smithfield middle school—where, one day a week, the physical education teachers set up a sort of obstacle course for students. Read More

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Young Medical Magnet Students Step Up Exercise Intensity With Heart Rate Monitors

Students Take First Steps Toward Fitness Management After Teacher Begins New Semester With IHT ZONE Wrist Heart Rate Monitors

When Bridge Creek Elementary (Elgin, S.C.) became a medical magnet campus,  Lindsay Belville enhanced health and PE program by adding IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors to her curriculum.  

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

Setting Preschoolers on an Active Path

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

‘I have a first grader who hasn’t been outside since October’: Mom questions lack of recess

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

Central Oregon schools struggling to meet PE requirements

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