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September 18, 2019


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Effective health education can positively contribute to a student’s school experience. Healthier students are more likely to be ready and able to learn, and students who are academically successful often engage in less risky behaviors. Health education programs can support students’ skill development and knowledge acquisition in order to help them be healthy for a lifetime.


Download this free access article from the September issue of JOPERD to read why health education is a vital component of an educational system and learn key considerations for developing and implementing effective programming in the PK-12 setting. 


SEL Learning Tools

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.

SHAPE America

On Thursday, September 19, SHAPE America calls on the health and physical education community to flood social media with advocacy messages and to  about the importance of fully funding Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for FY20. Our community sent 2,000 emails to Congress on Online Advocacy Day last year and we hope to send even more emails this year! 



Online Physical Education Graduate Program

Take your PE classroom to the next level with an online Master of Arts in Education in Physical Education program. Choose an emphasis in pedagogy, which helps to enhance your instruction, or an emphasis in special populations, which helps understand challenges and inclusiveness of students with disabilities.

SHAPE America

The countdown to the 2020 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo has begun! Make plans now to join us in Salt Lake City, April 21-25, for the premier professional development event for health and physical educators. Check out registration rates and housing options now so you’re ready when convention registration opens in November. 


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In this recent blog post, 2018 SHAPE America National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Erika Mundt shares her  to any high school PE class. You’ll learn how to start with the basic principles of weight training, give students choice, offer a variety of training techniques, and keep it fun! 




Did you know? Getting enough sleep is critical for adolescent development, physical health, mood, safety and academic success! Do you want to improve your sleep knowledge and advocate on behalf of your students? The American Alliance for Healthy Sleep delivers the latest health resources, communities and connections you need to recharge your educator toolkit. Learn how you can have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from AAHS patient advocacy and healthy sleep initiatives. Interested in finding out more about the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep? 


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The health. moves. minds. service-learning program helps health and physical education teachers incorporate SEL into their classes — and allows schools to address mental health topics school-wide.

In addition to the positive benefits for students and schools — including up to 50% of funds raised by your school in the form of a Gopher gift card — the program offers many bonus incentives you’re going to love, from free T-shirts and banners to a complimentary Select membership to SHAPE America! 





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Active Schools

There’s still time to  from Sept 23-27. Registered schools are eligible to win 67 prizes worth over $40K provided by Active Schools partners. Still on the fence? .



What makes a school “healthy”? Does it mean offering nutritious school lunches and snacks, or providing physical activity throughout the day? It’s all of the above, and more, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which recently rounded up its latest list of ‘America’s Healthiest Schools.’ This year, 355 schools from 23 states made the list. 


Medical Xpress
Two new studies from MIT suggest that mindfulness — the practice of focusing one's awareness on the present moment — can enhance academic performance and mental health in middle schoolers. The researchers found that more mindfulness correlates with better academic performance, fewer suspensions from school, and less stress. The researchers also showed, for the first time, that mindfulness training can alter brain activity in students. 



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Michigan Live

Grand Rapids Public Schools students immersed themselves in a natural play environment this week, climbing, jumping and exercising their imagination and creativity. The project is part of the Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative aimed at engaging children in outdoor learning spaces and new nature experiences instead of the traditional steel playground structures. “The research tells us over the last 15 years we’ve really seen a decrease of time spent outside with children,’’ said Jamie Zaplastosch, director of the Children & Nature Network’s Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities. 


The Daily Progress

Bria Williams can count on one hand how many teachers she had who looked like her during her 13 years at Charlottesville City Schools. So can Chiaka Chuks, a product of Albemarle County schools. “I can remember being sad about not having that many African American teachers,” said Williams, a first-grade teacher at Johnson Elementary. Williams and Chuks returned to the area this year to teach and to give their students an experience they didn’t have. Bringing more diverse teachers into the classroom is a priority for the city and county schools, Virginia and the country. 


NBC News

Hundreds of mysterious illnesses and several deaths linked to vaping have revealed to health officials, doctors and researchers how little they know about what these chemicals do to the lungs. As director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction program at Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Sharon Levy has seen the effects of vaping on teens firsthand. In her clinic, she's helped treat patients whose lives are falling apart, all because of vaping. Vaping doesn't necessarily refer to a single substance. The health effects run the gamut from addiction to severe respiratory illnesses. 



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