wellness management

PE Class Connects Fitness to Social-Emotional Wellness Management

Peers Honor Hamburg Area High School’s Donine Kelly as a ‘Visionary Leader’ Among PE Teachers For Focus on Both Physical, Emotional Wellness

Two years ago, Hamburg Area (Penn.) High School’s Donine Kelly changed the emphasis of her physical education curriculum from sports to fitness and wellness. Instead of teaching students how to play specific games, her curriculum, honored recently with regional awards, focuses on the tools students need to properly manage their overall wellness, placing the same importance on the social wellness as physical.

“Our goal is to not only improve their fitness levels, but also improve their overall wellness,” Kelly said.  “We have moved away from the traditional, old school, team-based sports model and moved towards a more lifetime, fitness-based model that really addresses all of the spheres of wellness — mental, emotional, social, physical and spiritual.” Read More

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Bermuda Uses PE Heart Rate Technology to Improve Student Fitness

Tasked with increasing student activity during the school day, Bermuda’s Physical Education and Health Curriculum officer developed school improvement plans that focus on student fitness testing.

Hired in 2014, Arnold Manders worked with his country’s Ministry of Education and Interactive Health Technologies to create a fitness model that would empower teachers to motivate students to increase their physical activity level, both during school and at home.

“Our sole purpose is to increase the physical activity of all of our kids in Bermuda. Primary schools only have 120 minutes of PE a week, middle school 120 minutes a week and high school students 220 minutes a week but only for a semester,” Manders said. “This falls well below the recommended 60 minutes a day.” Read More