Physical education is key to longer, happier lives. Our kids and schools need more of it.

Originally published Dec. 12, 2018 in USA Today.

By William E. Simon Jr., Opinion Contributor

Spot quiz: What is the only subject in school that engages a child’s mind, body, and spirit, promotes their physical and emotional health, helps them to learn better and cultivates the character they need to become productive adults? And what subject is consistently underfunded, understaffed and underscheduled?

If you answered physical education to both questions, you get an A grade. 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

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Black Hills Harley-Davidson donates Strider bikes

Originally published Nov. 14, 2018 in the Black Hills Pioneer.

By Deb Holland

On any other Monday, the Black Hills Harley-Davidson service bay would be dark and quiet, but this week it looked more like Santa’s workshop.

Parts and pieces were lined up on work benches as elves of all shapes and sizes worked together to assemble bikes — not of the horse-power variety — but pint-sized Strider bikes. Read More

Physical education: How and why we play games

Originally published Sept. 30, 2018 in Alabama Newscenter.

By Alicia Rohan

Quality physical education is the cornerstone for schools invested in teaching the whole child. Physical education is the time during a school day to develop motor skills as well as address fitness and social development. The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education equips future educators with the skills needed to develop inclusive physical activities to support the development of physical education curriculums for students. Read More

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Physical education class every day

Originally published Oct. 4, 2018 in the Charlevoix Courier.

Editors note: The following letter to the editor is from a fifth-grade student at Charlevoix Elementary School. Each week the Charlevoix Courier will feature one of the 19 student essay submissions from Charlevoix Elementary School teacher Dawn Hovie and run it on our opinion page.


I think there should be physical education class every day in school for at least one hour a day because kids need exercise every day. Maybe the kid has a lot of chores to do at home, lives in an apartment, or the city and they do not have a chance to get outside easily to run around and play. Daily gym classes would give those kids the opportunity to get the recommended 60 minutes of exercise a day.

It has been proven that kids who go to P.E. do better in their classes that day than if they didn’t have P.E. This is because it allows the kids to work out extra energy and have the ability to focus more on their schoolwork. If kids have P.E. every day of the school week they would do better in classes all week. Having P.E. in the early afternoon helps to work out any remaining extra energy allowing for more focus the rest of the day.

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