‘Highlight of my year’: Senator hosts dozens of Lancaster County students for annual event

Originally published April 4, 2019 in Lancaster Online.

By Alex Geli

Mahayla Meyer stood inside the state Capitol building on Thursday ready to defend a Senate bill she sponsored that would require all public school students, except student-athletes, to take physical education classes.

Then came a flurry of questions she never saw coming, despite working through an amended version of the bill in the Senate Education Committee less than two hours earlier. Read More

Health, Physical Education Vital to Schools

Originally published Feb. 28, 2019 in the Rio Grande Sun.

To the Editor:

I am committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. Do the education leaders in our state feel the same way?

President Barack Obama signed in December 2015 the new bipartisan federal education legislation into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. For the first time, health and physical education were recognized as a critical component of a student’s well-rounded education. These subjects should play an integral role in the educational experience of all students. Read More

UW-La Crosse class provides hands-on experience for aspiring physical education teachers

Originally published Dec. 9, 2018 in the LaCrosse Tribune.

A unique UW-La Crosse class that brings home-schooled, K-12 students to campus is helping to shape future physical education teachers.

Deb Sazama, who directs UW-L’s physical education teaching program, says her class of 16 physical education teaching majors is creating lesson plans and learning opportunities that align with the Society for Health and Physical Educators’ K-12 National Physical Education Standards and Grade Level Outcomes.

They have the opportunity to teach those lessons to the children to enhance their movement skills and knowledge. Read More

Fitness fun at Family Fit Night

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

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