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October 2, 2019







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SHAPE America’s member magazine,Momentum, is packed with ideas and inspiration for health and physical educators — from classroom tips and professional development resources to the latest advocacy news.


And, starting with this latest issue,Momentumis now all-digital and interactive, with links to additional content and video!




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.

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Music and poetry can increase student motivation, bridge the gap between school and home, and make meaningful connections with students. Music is an important and regular part of many adolescents’ lives and can be a strong motivator. Download this free access article from the September/October issue ofStrategiesto learn teaching strategies for implementing music and/or poetry in a health classroom as a formative assessment to improve and evaluate student learning.



Online Physical Education Graduate Program

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.

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October is Health Literacy Month — the perfect time to check out SHAPE America’s health literacy resources, including new sample lessons from the health. moves. minds.™ program, insightful blog posts from experienced health educators, and our free ebook,101 Tips for Teaching Nutrition Concepts in PE. Let’s teach students how to take charge of their own health and learn the skills needed to make health-enhancing choices!


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In her recent blog post,shares the many positive changes she’s seen in her school and district as a result of piloting the health. moves. minds. program last spring. And, if you’re looking for more health education insights, check out these new blog posts:and.




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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Each year, thousands of health and physical educators come together at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo. If you need approval from your principal/supervisor to attend the 2020 convention, which will be held April 21-24 in Salt Lake City, use our Justification Toolkit to help make your case! The toolkit includes tips for speaking to your supervisor, talking points, and a customizable justification letter.





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Thefrom the play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games is a highly interactive narrative-based videogame app in which players "travel" through life, facing the range of challenges that young teens face with a dedicated focus on youth decision-making about smoking and tobacco use and includes strategies for both smoking prevention and cessation. A three-year, $1.4 million grant from the CVS Health Foundation is helping to enhance and scale current pilot programs to reach more students across the country.



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Science Board consists of Council members and scholars with expertise in the fields of physical activity, health, sports and nutrition. Main duties will be providing subject matter expertise on youth sports and related disciplines; drafting content for publication (e.g., blogs, peer-reviewed articles) to various audiences highlighting specific youth sports topics; and participating virtually in Science Board meetings and presentations to the Council. Nominations are due October 11..


ABC News

Healthy Hood Chicago, a three-year-old health organization and fitness and dance studio, works with students and in the city's communities of color to help residents of lower income neighborhoods live longer, healthier lives. Healthy Hood was founded by Tanya Lozano, who said the organization was built to combat the 20-year life expectancy gap that exists in the city between communities of color and more affluent communities.


Times Union
I didn’t know what the world looked like at 5 a.m. until my son began rowing for the Detroit Boat Club Crew. This year, I am working with the Detroit Boat Club Crew to combine the sport of rowing with a new curriculum that teaches middle and high school students science and mathematical concepts. The innovative approach is tackling two areas of concern for Detroit youth: promoting physically active lifestyles and preparing youth for successful careers in scientific and technological fields.



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The Sun

The sixth graders sitting together in the cafeteria at Stoklosa Middle School didn’t know each other, or at least not well. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have things in common. “We like spicy noodles,” said Caliyanna Yan, gesturing to a couple of the other students sitting next to her at the table. The exercise encourages students to speak to peers they’ve never interacted with before and, through a short questionnaire, find preferences and interests in common. It’s also a tool to prevent bullying.



Bone mineral content and density improved following a resistance training program included with school-based physical education for middle school girls, and these results largely held in subsequent years, according to findings presented at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research annual meeting. The intervention activity used would be broadly applicable and available to middle school students.


Medical Xpress

"In just one year, from 2017 to 2018, the number of high school students using e-cigarettes nearly doubled," said Adam Lippert, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver. In a new study published in theJournal of Youth and Adolescence, Lippert and his co-authors examined data from 65,000 middle and high school students to learn how environmental, social and cultural factors spurred the uptick. Schools emerged as critical contexts that shape youth health-related behavior.



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