Using Morning Physical Exercise Boosts Math, Literacy Test Scores

Administrators at Oskaloosa (Iowa) Middle School implemented a program that uses physical exercise to prepare sixth-grade students for their most rigorous academic classes each day.

Oskaloosa’s sixth-grade students begin each day with a 20-minute activity session before settling into their math and literacy courses, each of which are 90 minutes long. Officials added the activity period after PE teacher Betsy Luck researched the positive impact that a Daily Mile program in England has had on students. Read More

Move it, move it: how physical activity at school helps the mind (as well as the body)

Originally published July 22, 2018 in The Conversation.com.

By Brendon Hyndman

Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie recently unveiled plans to convince state education and sports ministers to ensure sport and physical education is compulsory in schools.

The physical benefits of getting kids moving have been well recognised to help prevent chronic disease and develop movement habits across their lifespan. Read More

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IDEA Schools’ Commitment to PE Drives Students’ Academic Success

Network’s High Schools Achieve Academic Recognition While Maintaining Commitment To Pe Enhanced With Iht Heart Rate Technology

Students across the IDEA Public Schools network continue to demonstrate that a commitment to PE (physical education)  helps students meet high academic standards while improving fitness.

The network of Texas public schools produced five of highest rated high schools in the U.S. in 2016-17 while continuing to improve overall student fitness through heart rate training in physical education that includes the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors and the IHT Spirit System® software. Read More

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Arts, PE revamped by Georgia education board

Originally published June 13, 2018 by the Gainesville Times.

By Joshua Silavent

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said that even during the Great Recession, funding new arts classes and developing award-winning wellness programs in physical education courses remained a priority.

“Regarding the arts, it is a cornerstone of who we are and often best fits the passion of a significant portion of our student body,” Schofield said. Read More

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EDITORIAL: Kids need more recess

Originally published June 7, 2018 in the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star.

GOV. Ralph Northam recently signed a bill passed by the General Assembly that requires the state Department of Education to accept “unstructured recreational time that is intended to develop teamwork, social skills and overall physical fitness”—in other words, recess—when it calculates the required instructional time for elementary school students. The new law goes into effect on July 1.

Local school boards can now set aside up to 15 percent of total instructional time for recess, which comes out to a maximum of about 50 minutes per day. However, they must still provide a minimum of 680 hours of teaching time per academic year in English, mathematics, science, history and social science for K-5 students, and a minimum of 375 hours of instructional time for students in half-day kindergarten.

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