We have had the privilege of working with Erie Public Schools over the last two years in the implementation of their Carol M. White PEP Grant. We have seen their physical education department make incredible strides towards teaching their students what it means to be physically and health literate. In using the FIVE FOR LIFE® Curriculum, as well as, the FAB 5® Curriculum and WELNET® the district has come to know what it means to educate students in Quality Physical Education (#QPE). We’ve included the latest edition of Erie Public Schools newsletter “Curriculum Matters”. Go to pages 4 and 5 to see how their physical education department has been progressing and how their using Focused Fitness resources in their pursuit of #QPE!
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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.
Happy New Year! We are looking forward to 2015, and more specifically, the end of this school year. We are excited about the end of this school year because it marks another successful year of Quality Physical Education (#QPE) being implemented using the Five for Life program and WELNET software across the country. The end of this school year means that students will move forward with their lives to become happy, healthy, active members of society. As educators, it is our responsibility to make sure they are prepared for the adult world. The best way we can do that is by making sure they have the answer to the big question…the ‘Why’ question.
When a student graduates the 12th grade and is expected to positively contribute to society their health is instrumental in making a positive contribution become a reality. As a result, it is our job as #QPE teachers to make sure they are prepared and armed with the knowledge they need to be healthy and active for a lifetime. How do we do that? We have to make sure they know the answer to the ‘Why’ question that they so often ask. “Why are we running the mile?” “Why are we doing push-ups again?” “Why do you care if I eat Hot Cheetos and not an apple before I come to class?” “Why?” If we supply them with the easy way out answer of “Because I said so.” then we’ve not prepared them for graduation. In fact we have done quite the opposite. We have prepared them to pay a nutritionist and personal trainer to do the job that they should have learned from their Physical Education teacher. We may have even prepared them to not even bother with paying the nutritionist and personal trainer. Maybe they go about their days sitting at a desk for 8 hours only to grab dinner in a bag just in time to sit on the couch and catch the latest trend that is occupying their computer or television set. It is our duty as #QPE teachers to make sure they understand the reason they are exercising and developing motor skills; and why a healthy balanced diet is something that should happen every day of their lives.
“Why are we running the mile?” We are running the mile to build cardiorespiratory endurance, which is the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen to the working muscles for a long period of time. Not only will it strengthen your heart when you work on cardiorespiratory endurance, but running the mile is a way we can measure if you have increased your endurance over the course of the school year. “Why are we doing push-ups again?” We are doing push-ups because they are what we are using to measure your muscular strength which is the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to push or pull with maximal force. Muscular strength is something that we use every day. For example, without muscular strength you wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed today. Furthermore, learning progressions of push-ups is a great tool that you can utilize for a very long time in your life. Not only to build or maintain upper-body strength but also core strength. “Why do you care if I eat Hot Cheetos and not an apple before I come to class?” I care that you skipped that apple in the lunch line to eat Hot Cheetos before class because you are getting to the point in your life when you need to make decisions that are going to help, and not hurt your body. We have looked at food labels this past week as we were playing ‘Swipe It’. You know that even though the Hot Cheetos has a fair amount of the quick burning macro-nutrient, carbohydrates it also has a lot of the fat macro-nutrient which has 5 more calories/gram than carbohydrates. On top of that, the amount of sodium in the Hot Cheetos isn’t going to help your daily hydration while the apple is a good source of Vitamin C. Students need to know why they are exercising and eating healthy. Not to mention, how to do it properly and the right amount. Making sure that our students are active when we have them in class is paramount as well. That being said, we see them for a fraction of their day, and in many cases a fraction of their week. If we are making sure that they are active and moving for as much time as we can during our class, without intentionally teaching them the answer to the ‘Why’ question, are we to believe that they will continue to be active and move when they are not in our classes?
When students graduate they have to know the that content is king. Teaching students how to move and helping them understand the reason why a healthy balanced diet is going to make them more alert than any amount of energy drinks is our job and duty as #QPE teachers. Giving a man a fish is like telling a kid to run. It will help them for that day. Teaching a man to fish is like teaching a kid the importance of a healthy heart. It will help them for a lifetime.
It’s that time of the year again when the calendar flips over to month number one, January. Along with the new year, often comes a list of potential new year goals or resolutions. Are you planning on making a new year’s resolution for 2015? If you are like 45% of the population in the United States, you answered yes. We want to help you be successful and achieve your resolution(s) and the best way to reach a goal is with a written plan. A SMART Goal plan.
Before we get started, do you know what the most common goal in America was in 2013? According to the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, it was to lose weight. Ranked 5th on the list was ‘staying fit and healthy.’ Not too surprising when we look at the obesity trends over the last ten years in America. Unfortunately, the number of people that actually achieved their goals was a lowly 8%. But not too worry! This year, you are going to set SMART Goals with the help of SMART Goal Man and you are going to be more successful in achieving it! In the following video your will learn what a SMART Goal is and how to write one to meet your specific needs and desires.
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.”