‘Why I’m opening my school doors over summer’

Originally published July 10, 2019 in TES.

By Azita Zohhadi

At Nelson Mandela Primary School, we pride ourselves on delivering an enriching and varied curriculum, giving every child an opportunity to find their talent and flourish in an inclusive and stimulating environment.

But I often wonder how much of this is in vain, if those same children come back in September having regressed after a summer of disconnection, disengagement and inactivity – through no fault of their own. Read More

New Survey Says Parents, School Principals Think Physical Activity Promotes Better Learning but Fail to Prioritize

Originally published June 13, 2019 by ActiveSchoolsUS on prweb.com.

By Claire Orphan Jensen

In two nationally representative surveys of parents and principals on physical education and physical activity in schools across the United States, the collective impact movement Active Schools aimed to gain a better understanding of the ways in which schools are, or are not, promoting childhood health and well-being.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents age 6 to 17 participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day, yet national data shows that many fall short of that. Read More