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February 19, 2020
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Read Open Access Issue of Momentum Magazine
Momentum magazine is packed with insights, ideas and inspiration for the health and physical education community!
Inside you'll find tips, professional development resources, advocacy news, research updates and more.
And, each issue is now all-digital and interactive, with links to additional content and video!
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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a crucial part of an educational environment where students feel safe and confident to explore, grow, and succeed. Discover our selection of tools, resources, and blog articles to support SEL in the physical education and health setting to help students thrive.
Spread Kindness During Random Acts of Kindness Week
Did you know February 16-23 is Random Acts of Kindness week? It’s the perfect time to learn more about SHAPE America’s health. moves. minds.® program — or even incorporate kindness lessons in your classroom and throughout the school! Check out some sample lessons.
Choose an accredited online M.A.Ed. in Physical Education Master Teacher. This program offers well-rounded expertise from faculty focused on enhancing your curriculum, professional connections that build your network, and advocacy opportunities that encourage active engagement of all students.
Free Access Article: When Workplace Wellness Programs Work
Workplace wellness programs have been widely implemented to promote employee health outcomes and reduce health costs. In this article from the January/February issue of American Journal of Health Education, researchers identify the most effective designs of workplace wellness programs resulting in positive employee health outcomes. READ MORE
Dr. Adolph Brown to Deliver Friday’s Keynote at #SHAPESLC
SHAPE America is pleased to announce that Dr. Adolph Brown, social justice advocate and career teacher educator, will be the keynote presenter during the convention’s closing general session. Using evidence-informed practice combined with available research and his vast experience as a veteran educator, Brown will address best practices in the classroom and beyond for K-14 and higher education. The closing general session is sponsored by Gopher, SPARK, and Wellness Training Specialists. LEARN MORE
Become a Leader in Athletics!
Advance your career in athletics with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) 18-credit fully online High School Athletic Director certificate. The certificate can be completed as an individual credential or as part of FDU’s Master of Sports Administration, a theory & practice-based graduate degree helping to transform busy professionals into dynamic leaders.
2020 Distinguished Lecture Series Announced
One of the highlights of the SHAPE America National Convention each year is the Distinguished Lecture Series, which celebrates scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the profession through research. This year’s lecturers include Darla Castelli, Kim Graber, Charles Hillman, and Hans van der Mars. LEARN MORE
How Tech And Mental Health Help Craft The Next Generation of Physical Education
Northern Public Radio
What’s the vision you have in your head of PE class? Hoping not to get picked last in dodgeball? Are you climbing a rope? That’s what physical education was for a lot of people. But now, in many schools, technology is crafting the next generation of physical education while teachers focus more on mental health than getting fit. READ MORE
Students, Staff Spread Kindness Messages Throughout School District
The Joplin Globe
The phrase “kindness is contagious” is clearly evident in Carl Junction schools, where staff and students have incorporated random acts of kindness into their daily routines in an effort to make their peers feel valued and accepted. Friendliness has flooded the halls of Carl Junction’s intermediate and junior high schools since two student-led organizations have implemented different kindness initiatives in their buildings. READ MORE
Joyous Montessori Highlights Importance of Physical Education for Students
AZ Big Media
Now more than ever, schools are promoting the importance of a healthy balance between academic work and physical exercise. One of the most significant steps schools have taken in this vein is through a renewed emphasis on physical education in the curriculum. Joyous Montessori is one such example. This school understands that for students to reach their full potential, they must have their emotional, social, and physical needs met. READ MORE
Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children's Health
A new review of the importance of nature play could transform children's play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks while also delivering important opportunities for children's physical, social and emotional development. The systematic review explored the impacts of nature play on the health and development of children ages 2-12, finding that nature play improved children's complex thinking skills, social skills and creativity. READ MORE
Free-Range Youth Athletes? Flagstaff Sports Institute Urges Multi-Sport Participation
Arizona Daily Sun
Forehead scrunched and cheeks flushed, but a smile spread across her face, 10-year-old Addy Sullivan methodically did side steps in the weight room at Sinagua Middle School with an elastic band stretched across her ankles, an exercise meant to strengthen the hips. Then she hurried to the next station, where she did exaggerated “knee-highs” and “butt kicks.” READ MORE
Keep Your Teen Moving to Reduce Risk of Depression, Study Says
A new study has some good news: even light exercise may help protect children against developing depression. The study, published recently in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, found that 60 minutes of simple movement each day at age 12 was linked to an average 10% reduction in depression at age 18. READ MORE
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