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#MoveInMay: National Fitness & Sports Month

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By: Cherie Harrington

Welcome to the month of May!  In my world this means: Cinco de Mayo celebration, Mothers’ Day, parades, birthdays, holiday, hiking, yard work, picnics, kayaking and more J

Speaking of May – the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has dubbed May as the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  They want us to make physical activity part of our life! My opinion of the us? It means everyone between the ages of 2 – 99+ years.

If you are already physically active, I want to ask you how often you change it up. How often do you talk to your students about altering their physical activity? My goal this month is to participate in 2-3 different activities – step out of my box and my “normal exercise environment.”  To you, the social media audience, I commit to complete the following activities prior to June 1st:  pull out- buckle up-cover some distance on my roller blades, experience hitting golf balls and probably chasing quite a few of them down, and get wet with swimming indoors.

My challenge to you – try 2 different activities this month.  Yes, it’s alright if the time you spend being active is something you have participated in, but not for quite some time.  Here are a few options: archery, Frisbee, racquetball, juggling, dancing (ballroom, line, folk or square), boxing, jump rope, yoga, kickball, arm cycling, rock climbing and bicycling.  Please stay safe, but have fun!

Share your experiences in the comments below this entire month. I am super excited to hear how you ensure that May truly is the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

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No Child Left Behind Revised to include PE

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The last update to the Elementary and Secondary Educatoin Act (ESEA) was in 2001. Led by Lamar Alexander & Patty Murray the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committe has begun action on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The Every Child Achieves Act is posed as a overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Senators Alexander & Murray wrote the legislation with a purpose to give leverage to states and local school districts in determining what accountability systems will work best to improve schools.

The Every Child Achieves Act is comprised of fixing problems with NCLB, as well as keeping successful parts with an overarching goal to end states’ need for waivers from the law. This is great news for physical education! Why? Because one of the key points in the legislation is to include physical education and music as core academic subjects! It is going to take all of our efforts to help Senator Alexander and Murray make this a reality! Take one minute to help support physical education by Clicking Here.

Physical education is decades behind other core subjects in school. The other subjects have more assessments, curricula, resources, and funding than we do. However, we are changing the game every single day! We are better together, so speak out and let your passion for a happy, healthier tomorrow, burn hot today!

Leaps and Bounds

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There is quite a buzz currently in the world of Physical Education. Focused Fitness is dedicated to keeping you in the know of current happenings and what is to come. We are very excited to announce the launch of our new website, which will take place on February 18th. It will be jam packed with beneficial resources, an updated and easy to use WELNET® login, and live feeds on the latest news in Physical Education. We are so thrilled about what is going on not only around the country, but around the world this week! Check out some of the events below:

Speak Out Day

This week hundreds of Physical Education Teachers and advocates are at our Nation’s capital for #SpeakOutDay, which is an annual event for Physical Education to lobby the importance of what we do on a daily basis to improve health and wellness across the nation. Meeting with members of congress and networking with fellow Physical Education leaders is what this event is all about.

California Lawsuit

Recently a California lawsuit involving Physical Education has been settled. California parent, Marc Babin and his attorney Donald Driscoll have settled with dozens of school districts across California. The settlement states that school districts will publicly document Physical Education time in school because they are not meeting the minimum 200 minutes of Physical Education for every 10 days of school. Physical Education and the arts often take a back seat to many standardized tests and this was evident in the 2009 lawsuit that Driscoll filed against Albany Unified School District. The hot topic in this case was the debate over whether the 200 minutes of Physical Education every 10 days was a mandate or a guideline. California Third District Court of Appeals overturned the judgment concluding that the 200 minutes was in fact a mandate for schools to provide for students. Click Here for full article

JAM World Record

February 12, 2015 at 10 am your local time is JAM World Record. The idea is simple, take a minute or more as a school or organization and exercise. If you want to use the official JAM routine Click Here, otherwise just make time to move at 10 am your local time! 

The Timing is Erie!

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On Monday, January 12th, GoErie.com released a article on Erie School District in Pennsylvania. The article was written by Erica Erwin of GoErie.com, with the focus on fitness (love that word play). After receiving their PEP grant in 2014, Erie adopted the Five for Life curriculum, as well as WELNET software in order to house their data for their PEP project. With their adoption of Focused Fitness products and services they receive comprehensive support in order to help them meet their goals and objectives for their PEP project. We are so proud to work with such a great group of Quality Physical Education (#QPE) Teachers!

Two of our elite trainers are on eastbound planes headed to Erie for a two day activity training using the Five for Life K-12 curriculum. Glenn Eklund and Adam Marshall will spend the next two days working with Erie Physical Educators on integrating academic content into movement activities. After all, if a student doesn’t know why they are exercising, are they going to do it when they are not in physical education class? No, probably not. That is why the #QPE movement is so important! Content is king!

Special thanks to Erica for a great article on a great city in Pennsylvania! Click Here to read the full article by Erica and GoErie.com.

Nickelodeon’s 11th annual #WorldwideDayOfPlay

Nickelodeon’s 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play is this Saturday the 20th of September. From 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Nickelodeon will go completely offline. Their website, TV channels, and apps will go offline to encourage kids to play! In a day and age when playing outside seems to take the backseat to watching a screen, this is a great event to celebrate! We would love to see what you are doing this weekend to stay active, and simply ‘play.’ Send us your pictures and stories to Smile@focusedfitness.org or tweet them to us @FocusedFitness2. Make sure to use the official Worldwide Day of Play hash-tag #WorldwideDayOfPlay. To read more about Saturday’s event Click Here. To visit the official Worldwide Day of Play website Click Here.