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Sacred Heart Schools implement new physical education program

Originally published Nov. 2, 2018 in the Sedalia Democrat

By Hope Lecchi

It’s a concern of many: the health and physical well-being of the generation of school-aged children. With so many children finding reasons not to focus on their health, many schools are trying to turn the focus back on getting children to become more active.

Sacred Heart is among those schools. This year the school has reevaluated its physical education classes in an effort to improve the health and conditioning of its students. Read More

PE: It’s not just traditional sports anymore

Originally published March 18, 2018 in the Maui News.


Matthew Snyder thought back to when he first started teaching physical education 15 years ago at Maui Waena Intermediate School.

“It was all traditional sports,” Snyder recalled Thursday. “The state wanted to change its ways, and I completely bought into their philosophy. It’s way different from when I first started teaching.”

Snyder is among a growing number of physical education teachers statewide who have changed how middle schools think about physical fitness and wellness by incorporating yoga, dancing and skateboarding. Over the past few years, the longtime teacher added another alternative exercise: the healing technique Reiki. Read More