Physical Education Curriculum & Software #QPE

Archive for September, 2014

Thank a Million Teachers

In this exclusive FF News interview, Chuck Mansley sits down with Virginia teacher Cindy Ferek. Cindy is up for a $100,000 Farmers Insurance grant. She is one of 15 finalists, and voting is open from October 1st- November 30th. Anyone 18 years of age and up can vote once each day. To vote for Cindy and Turner Ashby High School follow this link ThankAMillionTeachers.

Cindy has been a friend of Focused Fitness for several years and we are rooting for her!


A Testament to Washington State

In this short video teachers from across Washington State talk about where physical education has come and how Quality Physical Education (#QPE) is common practice in their districts. To watch the extended Version Click Here (5 Minutes)!

Virginia Teacher up for Grant

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Cindy Ferek is a Physical Education teacher at Turner Ashby High School, in Bridgewater, Virginia. She is a ball of energy and we love her! Cindy is a SHAPE America Past National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She is overwhelmingly respected by her students, parents, administration, and her community. Cindy was recently nominated as a finalist for the Farmers Insurance “Thank a Million Teachers 100, 000 dollar grant! She is planning to build a bike trail around the backside of the High School campus for students and community member to use. This dream has been a 17 year journey for Cindy. She started teaching with and didn’t have bicycles for her students to use. Over the course of 17 years she has received grants, and donations to build a fleet of bikes for her students. Now she needs the trail! She has done all the work to set her community up for success. Now, Cindy, Turner Ashby High School, and the City of Bridgewater need our help. We asked Cindy, who is also a pilot, to give us an airplane analogy about how we can help her in the 30 second video below.

Lastly, mark your calendar for September 30 when Chuck Mansley’s exclusive interview with Cindy Ferek is released!

California After School Program

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We love to see things like this being done around the country. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill last Wednesday to create healthier after school programs for kids! Click Here to read the full article!

Apollos Hester- It’s an attitude…

Apollos Hester is an inspired high school Football player. In his post-game interview with Lauren Mickler he talks about football and life. This young man is happy, healthy, and always smilin’!

Summer Institute 2014 Highlights

Did you attend the 2014 Best Practices Summer Institute? If you did, then you will love taking a walk down memory lane with this highlight video. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, you can check out what you missed and make sure you sign up for the 2015 Focused Fitness Summer Institute!

Different Perspective for Healthier Tomorrow

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A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are key to living a healthy life. Nothing new here. We know that we should be eating healthy every day, and getting plenty of exercise. Yet, this ‘obesity epidemic’ keeps coming at us from every angle in the news and media that surround us. As Physical and Health educators, we know that our goal is to instill in the kids the importance of eating healthy, moving their bodies functionally, with a purpose. Unfortunately, PE alone is not enough time to make this happen. It’s not like we have the ability to look over our students’ shoulders when they eat dinner at night or play video games at home. When summertime comes, they are gone for up to 3 months -without a single Quality Physical Education class! We need help, and we have a laundry list of reasons why. But for now, let’s explore this from a different perspective -with the help of a little story.

Picture this: You are an elementary school Quality Physical Education (#QPE) teacher and you have a Kindergarten student named Jessica. Jessica is the sweetest, smartest student you have ever met. She always asks questions and works her very hardest. She runs, skips, jumps, and plays her little heart out. She knows all the food groups and sometimes she comes in your office to eat lunch with you. She asks you questions about fruits and vegetables and how much she should eat each day. She can spell all five components of fitness, and by the end of the year she knows their definitions too! As the years go by, Jessica gets smarter and smarter but her health isn’t increasing. Her fitness scores are not progressing and she is actually having a lot more trouble keeping up with the rest of the kids. She is overweight according to the BMI equation. She graduates the fifth grade and leaves you. She knows RDA’s, bones, muscles, macro-nutrients, components of health related fitness, but she isn’t very healthy or active. The end (and a very sad one).

So how do we explain what happened? Well, the answer is simple: while Jessica had all the knowledge in the world about diet and exercise… her parents didn’t. What’s worse, they didn’t want to listen to what Jessica constantly told them; perhaps, they were too busy or too tired to listen and take action. So, because Jessica didn’t buy the groceries for the family herself, she ended up eating unhealthy every morning, evening, and night. So, would the story change if she had more time in #QPE learning about a consistent and persistent approach to a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, what if health and fitness nights were available for her whole family? Things were really looking bleak for little Jessica, but don’t worry, because our story takes a turn for the better – thanks to the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (#HWCF)!

And while the #HWCF is not sporting a cape, it consists of 16 companies working together to accomplish something extraordinary, such as cutting calories at the source -the stores! They plan is to remove 1.5 trillion calories from the U.S. marketplace by 2015! Now that is a cool super-power, so Click here to read the article that breaks down what they are doing. So, in the end, there is hope for our little friend Jessica; she will be able to eat healthier, after all!

Stay happy, stay healthy, and keep that smile on folks!