The 2015 National PE Institute was held at UNC Asheville in North Carolina. It was an incredible experience for everyone involved. Each day had a central theme and a question corresponding to the theme. Alex O’Brien spent his mornings asking participants of the #PEInstitute15 the question of the day. He then complied them into a video that streamed live to the world before the afternoon keynote of that day.
The following videos are the collection of the questions and answers. As the summer months begin to shrink and the new school year approaches, we trust you will find motivation and inspiration in these videos to make this year the best experience for your students. Thank you for being a positive influence for so many young minds!
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!
Focused Fitness is proud to announce its newest partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation! The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), formed in 2009, is a CEO-led organization whose national, multiyear effort is designed to help reduce obesity—especially childhood obesity. In just five years, HWCF members have already removed 6.4 trillion calories from the marketplace, which represents a 78 calorie reduction per person, per day. It is a first-of-its–kind coalition that brings together more than 250 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations. HWCF promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance—calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools—through its Together Counts™ campaign which is used by over 15 million students across the country.
The Together Counts™ Program offers an incentive program including, Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes. where anyone can enter on behalf of a school to win $30,000 in cash and prizes as well as a new playground. We want you to sign up for a chance to win today! They also have a grant program aimed at Pre-K. It is called the Smart From the Start grant that is awarded to preschools and Head Start Centers that promote healthy habits. The winning preschool is awarded $20,000 as well as a prize pack of books.
HWCF is a great resource for teaching kids about healthy eating and living. All of the Together Counts™ resources are free and open source. Make sure you watch the video below and check out all the HWCF has to offer!
Follow them on twitter @Togethercounts.
This 30 minute HBO documentary is well worth the watch.
Forest is the man! He is in love with health and wellness. See for yourself by Clicking Here
As a teacher we all have seen the impact of words and social constructs. When it comes to Quality Physical Education (QPE) there are four crucial components. Intentional fitness, motor skill development, academic content, and social/emotional skills all make up a QPE program. Building social/emotional skills is instrumental in building self-efficacy for the future of each and every student. This is a tall task to say the least. It is a constant struggle because it is a lot like building muscle: Hard work can be ruined in half the time by neglect. Simply put, you can work on something for a very long time and have one or two situations really hurt and affect a student. Making our students feel comfortable in their own skin is a large part of the foundation for lifelong health and fitness.
Always released a video a few days ago. It is one of those videos that really makes you think and pulls on those emotional heart strings that all amazing Physical Educators have. We wanted to share it with all of you for two reasons. First, because this video is a great tool to use in your teaching of the power of words. Second, this stereotyping is real in schools today and we have to be aware of it, to change it. Awareness is half the battle and Focused Fitness is dedicated to making this world a better place through health and fitness. Enjoy your day, smile lots, find time to exercise, and let us know what you think of the video.
Focused Fitness had a great time working with some talented young students in Idaho this week. Thank you to Levi, Brooke, Dyllan, Faith, and Mckale for all the fun!
The focus of the video was a play off of the popular AT & T commercials, where we asked young minds about fitness and health concepts. The unscripted answers were amazing!
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