Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fit Kids Bill Update

To review the descriptions and summaries of the House and Senate Fit Kid bill go to the American Heart Association website.

Exergaming is here!

Check out this article about exergaming in physical education classes in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle.

Kids get fit as gym classes pump up video games

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Come teach PE in Alaska!

Come and teach in Alaska! The Anchorage School District will be adding an additional thirty minutes per week of physical education to it’s elementary P.E. Program in 2008-2009. ASD will be hiring approximately 30 new teachers! If you are interested, now is the time to begin surfing their website http://www.asdk12.org/ and checking the requirements. The starting salary for a B.Ed. Degree is $41,266. Starting salary for a Masters Degree is $46,068. If you will be graduating at semester or are available now, we are in desperate need of qualified Physical Education substitutes. (We even have an unfilled elementary position right now.) The best way to get a full-time contract in our school district is to first be a substitute and network with teachers and principals. Substitute teachers are paid $120/day. If you substitute for 20 continuous days, your pay increases retroactively to $140/day. I am a 22-year veteran with the district and want to see quality teaching continue. You can contact me (Kim Rampmeyer) for general questions about Anchorage or the district at "rampmeyer_kim@asdk12.org". If you have specific hiring questions you may want to contact our Physical Education supervisor at "vaissiere_sharon@asdk12.org" or the Human Resources Department at the website mentioned above.

DASH to Release SHPPS Study on Friday, October 19, 2007

The Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention is releasing results from the 2006 School
Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) on Friday, October 19. That
morning DASH's SHPPS website (www.cdc.gov/SHPPS) will be updated to
include the following: a link to the Journal of School Health articles,
fact sheets, a state-level summary document, questionnaires, analytic
data files and technical documentation, and archives of previous SHPPS
studies.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

New $12,000 Grants for Physical Education Announced

Energy Now!, an alliance comprised of leading authorities in the physical education, nutrition and fitness technology fields, including NASPE/AAHPERD, recently announced the availability of physical education grants valued at more than $12,000 to help middle schools in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York combat childhood obesity through aresults-based program. The pilot program will award 10 grants in December 2007. The deadline is November 12, 2007. To apply for the Energy Now! grant, visit www.energynow.com. The $12,000 grant package includes:

* $2,500 in cash to purchase physical education equipment to meet the
needs of your school's physical education program

* Quality Physical Education Package (National Standards for Physical
Education, Opportunity to Learn Standards, Appropriate Practices for
Physical Education, Standards-Based Assessment of Student Learning,
Creating Rubrics for Physical Education, Assessing Heart Rate in Physical Education, National Standards for Physical Education Poster, and Positive Physical Education Poster)

* Physical Education Assessment Tools (10 Polar E600 Heart Rate
Monitors, 1 Polar Infrared Interface, 1 Polar Companion Pocket PC, 1
Polar TriFIT assessment CD, 1 Polar PE Manager Software CD, 1 Polar
Classroom Management System, 20-30 pedometers)

* Bridges to Wellness: Connecting School Meals and Classroom Learning, a
set of interactive, nutrition education lessons for students in grades 5-10 (the grade 9-10 lessons are also appropriate for grades 11-12; lessons for grades P-4 are not yet available)

* NASPE/AAHPERD Institutional Membership for one year (school membership for up to four physical education teachers in the same school)

* EnergyNow! Professional Development Workshop - 3 days in New York City area (Lake Success, NY); please note that your school must agree to send the physical education teacher who is the lead on the EnergyNow! grant and pay for all travel-related costs associated with the workshop (e.g., mileage, lodging, meals except lunch); your school is encouraged to send up to three individuals (e.g., school technology coordinator, additional physical education teachers)

* Professional development and evaluation support for physical education
and technical support for use of pedometers from NASPE during the grant
period via periodic conference calls and web seminars; professional
consultation via phone; and consultant participation on the EnergyNow!
Network blog

* Professional consultation via phone on nutrition education and Bridges
to Wellness lessons from SNA during the grant period

* Polar to provide technical support for Polar hardware and software
during and following the grant period via phone and "Live Chat" online
customer service

Eligibility requirements include state certification requirements for
physical education teachers, a standards-based curriculum, and an
agreement to participate in various grant activities and professional
development trainings throughout the grant period.

The EnergyNow! alliance includes NASPE, the School Nutrition Foundation,
and Polar.

Visit www.energynow.com to apply for the special grants program before November 12, 2007!

Friday, October 05, 2007

New Nutrition and PE Bill Introduced in Senate

Sen. Barack Obama has introduced a bill regarding school nutrition standards and physical education in schools (called: Back to School: Improving Standards for Nutrition and Physical Education in Schools Act of 2007). This bill helps to highlight the importance of healthier school nutrition environments and stronger physical education programs.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c110:1:./temp/~c110RZI5PX::

Recess Rules Report

The Recess Rules Report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is now available.

http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=20591&catid=15&typeid=136

At the bottom of the web page, you can download the PDF

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Lego Group -- Lego Children's Fund

The Lego Group is accepting applications for its Lego Children's Fund grant program. The purpose of the program is to support projects that improve learning, sport, and athletic opportunities for underserved youth. Award amounts are $500-$5,000. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organizations.

Deadline: November 1, 2007 (4th Quarter)

Contact the Lego Group grant program directly for complete program information and application guidelines:

http://www.legochildrensfund.org/Guidelines.html

Kmart is hosting a photo/video contest kids for keeping fit

Kmart is hosting a photo and video contest and rewarding kids for keeping fit! Encourage the parents of your students to enter- deadline is October 20th!

Steps to Stardom:

1. Show how your kid(s) keeps fit.
2. Send Kmart a photo or video of your kid(s) playing soccer, dancing, hula hooping- the sky's the limit!
3. Invite friends and family to vote online.
4. Your kid could be in a Kmart commercial!

Visit http://newdaykidsway.com/ for more information and to enter the contest!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Federal Measure Would Amend No Child Left Behind Act to Prioritize PE, Prevent Obesity

In an effort to reduce childhood obesity by strengthening schools’ physical education requirements, federal legislators recently proposed an amendment to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the Chattanoogan reports. The Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) and Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), would require the government to measure schools’ progress toward meeting PE targets established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Specifically, the amendment would promote 150 minutes of PE per week for elementary school students and 225 minutes of PE per week for middle and high school students...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

State of Ohio to Have State PE Standards!

Ohio is about to become the 49th state to have state standards for physical education (Iowa is the only remaining state without PE standards).

At the state board's monthly meeting in Columbus yesterday, Department of Education officials suggested that the board meet the Dec. 31 deadline by adopting standards recommended by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. In addition, department officials said a panel including physical-education teachers should be assembled to develop detailed guidelines for the board's consideration next year. The board is expected to go along with that plan later this year.