The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s article on the declines in childhood obesity really hit home for us here at Focused Fitness. For the past 14 years our goal has been to provide schools with the skills and resources they need in order to teach kids how to life a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle. Being able to be a part of the decline in childhood obesity is an amazing success for us. We have a long road ahead of us but the end result is well worth it!
Archive for October, 2014
Lauren Hill is a college freshman basketball player at Division III Mount St. Joseph. She has an inoperable tumor pressing down on her brain. This story posted by USA Today moved us here at Focused Fitness. We hope that where ever you are today, you live as if it were your last. Smile, laugh, and be thankful for the time you have. Lauren, you are in our thoughts and prayers. You are an inspiration. Click Here to read the USA Today article.
A lot of productivity gurus advise taking breaks during the day to keep from burning out. But how often should you take breaks, and how long should they be? That’s not as easy an answer.
Productivity app DeskTime lets employers see if their people are working or goofing around on Facebook or Buzzfeed. It sifted through the computer activity data of its 5.5 million daily logs to come up with the 10% most productive workers, then it took a peek at how they spend their time during the day.
The result: The most productive workers engage in job-related tasks for 52 minutes, then take a 17-minute break. That 15-to-20-minute window is productivity’s “golden hour” (or quarter-hour, as the case may be). It’s long enough for your brain to disengage and leave you feeling refreshed, but not so long that you lose focus and derail momentum on what you…
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Building a Quality Physical Education (#QPE) program is a daunting task, to say the least. Sustaining #QPE is equally challenging. Three years ago North Babylon School District (NBSD) in New York received a PEP grant. Through the resources they were able to acquire with the PEP grant funds, K-12 teachers and administrators have logged countless hours of work for the benefit of the students in the NBSD. Part of that work was making the choice to adopt the Five for Life® curriculum K-12, and using WELNET® software. Through the use of the Five for Life® curriculum and professional staff development, QPE teachers have introspectively looked at their program and built a common plan. This plan allows the teachers to work toward the objectives of the state standards as the student master those objectives. WELNET® has housed their student data and as a result, they have been able to show significant gains in MVPA and cognitive development in their #QPE program.
We are proud of how far NBSD has come, and look forward to a bright future with healthy, educated students as the goal!
It can be difficult to teach the difference between muscular strength and muscular endurance. This Fall season Max and Maddy are here to help! Use this 5 minute video as a introduction to your muscular strength vs. muscular endurance lesson! Remember…Content is King!
Conference season is in full swing across the country! One question that keeps coming up is “What are the major components of a Quality Physical Education Program (#QPE)?”
#QPE consists of:
- Motor Skills
- Academic Content*
*Academic content is crucial because if the students don’t understand why there are moving they are less likely to be intrinsically motivated to move.
Fitness and health for a lifetime…that’s what Focused Fitness wants for everyone. The following is a quote that our newest district in Los Angles said to our COO Ron Malm. We wanted to share it with you because this is why we do what we do! Happy Monday!
“Thank you so much Ron! It was a pleasure to have you! We are truly fortunate and grateful to you for even thinking outside of the box and creating this curriculum that not only shows the physical aspect of what we can teach to the students we serve but also recognizing what an amazing tool the brain is when applied. You are absolutely right when you say ‘all you need is a window to open the door!’ Hope you had a safe flight. Again thank you and your staff. Talk to you soon.”