Fitness fun at Family Fit Night

Originally published Jan. 8, 2019 in the York Weekly/

By Ralph Morang

Coastal Ridge Elementary School Fitness and Health Teacher Rich Johnston has hit the ground running. Literally.

Johnston said his focus is on making sure the curriculum hits on all the standards for each grade. More importantly to him is that the students, who are in grades 2-4, look forward to coming to their physical education class each week, and that they learn fitness and health can be fun. Read More

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Schools deliver on improving student wellness

Originally published Dec. 26, 2018 in the California Democrat.

By Liz Morales

The Missouri Consultants for Education recommend schools within the state do what they can to not only educate Missouri’s youth, but to keep them healthy while in school.

According to the MCE website, “research shows that good nutrition and physical education before and after school are correlated strongly with positive student outcomes.”  Read More

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