Kids need physical activity to thrive and stay healthy through their lives

Originally published Jan. 29, 2019 in The Province.

By Ravi Kahlon

January is over, but it’s not too late to put New Year’s resolutions into action. For thousands of British Columbians, that means hitting the gym or trying new ways to get physically active.

To reach their full potential, kids need to be physically active too, but the reality is far too many of them aren’t getting the physical activity they need to thrive. In November 2018, ParticipACTION released its 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which gave Canadian children a score of D+ for overall physical activity. It reported that only 35 percent of Canadian kids aged five-17 years old and 62 percent of three- to four-year-olds are getting the recommended physical activity levels for their age group. Tens of thousands of our young people are missing out on the protective mental and physical health benefits of being active. Read More

Memorial Bowl celebrates physical activity and healthy lifestyle

Originally published Feb.4, 2019 in My Jersey Central.

By Greg Tufaro, Bridgewater County News

The first annual Memorial Bowl, held last Friday at East Brunswick High School for the district’s Memorial Elementary School students and their families, celebrated physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.

The event also served as a fundraiser for Unbroken Warriors, generating more than $800 in donations for the nonprofit, which specializes in assisting military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Bill Would Mandate School Time for Student Physical Activity

Originally published Jan. 31, 2019 by the Associated Press in WBOC.com, US News & World Reports and Education Week. The Education Week link requires a subscription.

By DAVID JAHNG, Capital News Service

Legislation that would require 150 minutes of physical activity, including 90 minutes of physical education, a week for elementary school students in Maryland was heard by the House Ways and Means committee on Thursday.

The Student Health and Fitness Act requires schools to create a physical leadership activity team to fill the remaining 60 minutes with “moderate to vigorous” activity. Read More

North Allegheny physical education teacher preaches fitness for life

Originally published Jan. 31, 2019 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

By Sandy Trozzo

Christopher Jackson sees teaching physical education as a marathon, not a sprint. The goal, he says, is to teach students lifelong fitness habits.

“We don’t roll the ball out much,” he said. “We help students be fit for life.” Read More

Titusville native wins state teaching award

Originally published Jan. 27, 2019 in the Titusville Herald.

By Tyler Brown

A former Titusville man received high accolades for his work of teaching students at Cranberry High School that finding a form of physical fitness they enjoy is a path to a better life.

Shawn Bean, a health and physical education teacher at Cranberry High School, was recognized as High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2018 by the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Read More