2013, Volume 15 Number 10
NEW Physical Education: Promoting Healthy & Active Lifestyles
DVD For teacher inservice workshops and professional
preparation, $20 ( was $30)
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What Has Happened In Physical Education?
written by Steve
Jefferies, pelinks4u publisher
As we near the end of 2013, I decided it
would be interesting to highlight some of
the year’s most interesting and impactful
professional events. Here's my top 10 list:
2012 Shape of the Nation Report:
Status of Physical Education in the USA
Okay, it was actually published at the tail
end of 2012 but since it only happens every
couple of years this interesting survey
gives a status update of physical education
in American schools. Checkout what's happening
in your state and around the country.
Health Policies and Practices Study 2012
Despite fears that physical education programs
are in decline, this study from the CDC
suggested otherwise. A 10% increase was
reported in the percentage of school districts
requiring elementary school physical education
over the past 12 years. At the middle school
level there was almost a doubling of the
percentage of states providing lesson plans
and tools for evaluating students' progress.
And nationwide there was a 20% increase
in districts adopting policies requiring
schools to follow national, state, or district
of Medicine Report: Educating the Student
Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical
Education to School
It's always nice to have others outside
the profession advocating for what you do.
What better than to have the highly respected
Institute of Medicine, not only recommend
60 minutes of daily physical activity for
schoolchildren, but also to suggest to the
Department of Education (DOE) that physical
education should be designated as a core
school subject. Here's a summary
of the report's recommendations.
Move, Active Schools
Who better to advocate for physical education
than the wife of the American President?
In the creation of this new school-focused
initiative, Michelle Obama succeeded in
bringing together businesses and school
focused organizations including AAHPERD.
With Nike committed to a $50 million five-year
supporting donation, physical educators
have a unique but time-limited opportunity
to transform the physical activity climate
of their schools and make physical education
Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Crucial Role
This esteemed medical authority highlighted
the cognitive, emotional, physical, and
social benefits of recess, noting that it
afforded a time for children to rest, play,
imagine, think, move, and socialize. The
Academy noted that research has found that
after recess children are more attentive
and better able to perform cognitively.
Changes: Mixed Messages
The year in obesity saw some rare positive
news with a report of declining
obesity trends among preschool children.
Conversely, we learned that more than a
third of students in Western
New York State are overweight or obese.
It was further reported that obesity continues
to be problematical among military personnel
and more and more are failing
to meet required fitness tests. Worryingly,
another study suggested that obesity was
likely to shorten
life by nearly 10 years for Americans.
National Physical Education Standards Released
In 1986, NASPE defined what a "physically
educated individual" looked like. Shortly
thereafter, the profession saw the creation
of national standards – a huge boost
that put us on par with other academic content
areas. This year witnessed the publication
of new standards that most significantly
have adopted the phrase "physical literacy"
as a key component.
PEP Grants Continue to be Awarded
For the 13th successive year the US Department
of Education supported the development of
quality physical education through its PEP
Grant Program. This year there were 60 recipients
receiving a total of nearly $32 million.
After years of painstaking deliberation
and debate, the alliance of five national
professional associations that included
NASPE agreed to unify to form one national
association. With the majority of Alliance
members working in physical education, the
new association has adopted the vision statement
of "Healthy People – Physically
Educated and Physically Active!"
It might take a little getting used to,
but the new name adopted in November for
AAHPERD is the Society of Health and Physical
Educators – SHAPE America. The thinking
behind the word "shape" in addition
to it being an easy to remember acronym,
is that our new professional Association
will focus on influencing and communicating
the value of what we as members do.
Well that's my 2013 year-in-reflection
list. Perhaps there were other professional
events you'd choose to include? Well, you
have the chance! At pelinks4u we
love to hear your views and share your news.
If something is happening in your state or
school district that you think might interest
your teaching colleagues let us know. We'd
especially like to include stories illustrating
exemplary physical education programs and
teachers. Published stories on schools are
great public relations and advocacy events.
Please contact us with your ideas.
best wishes for the holidays from all of us
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opportunity. Finally, during your holiday
vacation please travel safely, stay healthy,
and especially set aside time to enjoy your
family and friends.
EDUCATION, PLAY, & SPORTS
Martin (aged 48), physical education teacher
and field hockey coach at Avon Middle School,
CT remembered by teaching colleagues.
- AAHPERD's new
name approved by members: Society of Health
and Physical Educators (SHAPE America).
- Nike gift
cards to benefit physical education.
- Physical education requirements
for students with disabilities.
- Institute of Medicine report recommends
making physical education part of the core curriculum.
- PE teacher, James O'Donnell (GA) breaks
world records to help keep kids active.
- Farmington PE teacher Joe McCarthy helps design
the NBA team’s Get Fit program
encouraging after school physical activity.
- Train Like an Astronaut: PE teachers help to
- Brooklyn HS - No gym, no track, no problem.
- Indian Prairie District 204, (IL) school board
calling for schools to be allowed to give high
school athletes exemptions from physical education
- Several Arizona schools adopt
"whole school wellness programs."
- "Future of Physical Education" free
- Has Bullying Been Normalized
- Incognito misconduct
issue prompts reporter to "diss" academic
quality of PE majors.
- "Differentiating Activities to Engage all
Students." Free webinar
Education with Active Learning"
turn playground time into PE classes.
- PE teacher gets kids active
with physical labor (Canada).
- Students do well on D.C. health, physical education
- PE teachers contributing to character
- Celebrate Jump Rope For Heart's 35th Anniversary.
- Gulf Coast Middle School students learn
archery, along with academic and life lessons.
- Nearly a fifth of Scottish students report their
PE lessons are boring.
physical education page.
- Despite conservative resistance, a majority
of Saudis favor
women's right to play sports.
- Forty percent of Americans support
ban on youth tackle football, says survey.
ACTIVITY, NUTRITION, & OBESITY
- US Life Expectancy
Ranks 26th In The World, OECD Report Shows.
- Cookie Monster crumbles:
Opposition grows to marketing targeting children.
- Seattle pediatrician promotes
walking to school to keep children at a healthy
- The true costs
of so-called "cheap food."
band to count as high school PE?
- Homeschool parent uses X
factor fitness plus for "organized physical
- PE class requires written
ACTIVITY, NUTRITION, & OBESITY
It's what we evolved to do.
- Students Exercise Next to Their Desks Using
to Prepare Their Bodies and Minds for Learning.
- Rising pulse rates suggest
kids are less fit (UK).
- Students who receive free
school meals pick healthier options (UK).
- Should we be treating
the symptoms or the causes of obesity?
- Moscow Subway Ticket Machine Accepts 30
Squats As Payment (Video).
Media Not Only Makes Us Fatter, It's Making
Our Kids Slower!
- CDC obesity study:
Adults using calorie information posted in fast
food and chain restaurants.
- In Africa, obesity is on the rise and rising
fast. Learn why.
- Consuming sugary drinks associated with a higher
risk for the more common type of endometrial cancer,
- 5 biological factors
contributing to obesity.
- Fat but fit? Study
reveals that fitness, not weight, predicts risk
of early death.
- Nothing "Fab" about being in New Jersey's
Five" school districts.
- Obesity and poverty don’t
always go together.
- Are sugar and sloth the causes
of obesity -- or just convenient whipping boys?
- Severe obesity in teenage years increases risk
of serious health problems
- Google’s picks
for top 20 free health, fitness apps.
- A Prescription
From the 'Father of Aerobics' -- Exercise Is Medicine
- Obesity, not old people, is making healthcare
- Today's kids less
fit than parents.
- A 10-year-old should not have to obsess
- PE4life/Speed Stacks Sport Pack Grant Program.
Speed Stacks wants to help instructors motivated
to offer a full-fledged Sport Stacking program
but who lack funding. The Sport Pack Grant Program
can equip you with all you need to provide your
students with a unique and fun Sport Stacking
experience. To apply, go to www.speedstacks.com
and download the grant application.
- Make Your Move! Fuel up to Play60 program
for children to promote physical activity (and
- Find Your Balance Challenge is open to elementary
school classrooms in grades K-5: Deadline,
- NASPE Grants Database
- SPARK Grant Finder
- Empowering Students to Adopt Healthy Lifestyles:
Jan 1-31, 2014