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Physical Education/Health Blog


This blog is designed to assist educators who help students achieve healthy lifestyles.

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Ideas for kids' games

Posted on 04/25/2017 at 8:37 AM offers great ideas for games that can be used for end-of-the-year picnics or anytime. Please check them out here.

PE: In the know

Posted on 03/22/2017 at 7:46 AM
The Guardian website has a few suggestions of whom to follow for physical education blogs in their article, “PE teacher blogs: who should I be reading?” Check it out:

Effective recess strategies

Posted on 02/06/2017 at 1:51 PM
Iowa Public Radio recently published an article about the effectiveness of strategies for recess based on research done by SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators). They found 19 evidence-based strategies for good recess policy. Take a look at the information and see how your school stacks up.

The effects of exercise on behavior

Posted on 01/10/2017 at 11:31 AM
A recent article appeared in HealthDay about the benefits of exercise and how it can potentially alleviate behavioral issues in students. Click on the link above to learn about the study and its effects. Has this worked for your students? What programs or exercises have you found beneficial for your...

The Benefits of Physical Education for Children with Special Needs

Posted on 11/29/2016 at 9:10 AM
Research has shown that physical education programs can do a great deal to improve the lifestyle of children with special needs; they can increase competency in gross motor skills, help to control obesity, improve self-esteem and social skills, encourage an active lifestyle, and maintain motivation in various areas of life. Considerations...

U.S. National Physical Activity Plan

Posted on 10/25/2016 at 1:21 PM
Each year Iowans are less healthy! Not only are we getting older as a state, but we exercise less and eat less healthy foods. This sad fact faces our schools and society on a daily basis. Some folks may not agree with this conclusion, but all you need to do...

Thoughts on classroom management

Posted on 09/29/2016 at 9:18 AM
We found an article on the SPARK website for PE teachers. SPARK is dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating research-based programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK strives to improve the health of children, adolescents, and adults by disseminating evidence-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs...

Vigorous exercise affects learning and behavior

Posted on 08/30/2016 at 10:36 AM
Vigorous exercise affects the brain, learning process and student behavior; current school PE programs need re-examination Scientific fitness studies document academic improvement linked to movement and exercise generating worldwide interest in the Sparking Life movement “Your goal is to run your fastest mile…your average heart rate should be above 185.” Those are the...

Lack of physical fitness in youth associated with threefold risk of developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood

Posted on 04/25/2016 at 7:36 AM
Lack of physical fitness in youth associated with threefold risk of developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood Date: March 7, 2016 Summary: The combination of low aerobic capacity and low muscle strength at age 18 is associated with a three times greater risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in adulthood, according to...

Exercise and eating tips

Posted on 03/23/2016 at 12:14 PM
Eating and exercise go hand in hand. When and what you eat can be important to how you feel when you exercise, whether it's a casual workout or training for a competition. Consider these eating and exercise tips. If you exercise in the morning, get up early enough to finish...
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