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FAB 5 From Anaheim

Anaheim City Schools received a PEP Grant in 2012. We have had the esteemed privilege of working with them to make positive, sustainable changes to the health & physical education program. They adopted our FAB 5® Physical Activity Program (PAP). The health and physical education team is lead by Tammie Bernal. Between Tammie and her two health and PE super stars, Michael Lamey and Tracie Turrietta they have made tremendous strides in the K-6 California District. Over the past two years they have seen incredible growth in food group recognition as well as fitness testing.

Michael Lamey is currently working on his Master’s Degree. For one of his projects he made the FAB 5® video featured in this post. With the help of some Anaheim City Students they were able to describe the FAB 5® and what they represent in a very clear and fun way.

A special thanks goes out to Michael for not only making a great video, but letting us share it with all of you! Let us know what you think and be sure to share it will all of your students!





Oh the Places You’ll Go and The People You’ll Meet

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By: Ron Malm

When I was young I dreamed of playing pro baseball. My backup plan was to be a barber or a bartender. What do all 3 of these occupations have in common? Working with people! Quite simply, I am an extrovert. Connecting with people is my passion; that and learning about and sharing what I believe to be Quality Physical Education (#QPE).

For the past 15 years, I have had the incredible opportunity to travel the country and meet, dialogue and work with physical educators from every corner of the US. I have been to Alaska, all the way to Florida, Upstate NY, and to the border of California and Mexico. My work has taken me to REALLY big school districts – with hundreds of PE teachers (750) – and to very small school districts with 1 PE teacher. I have seen extremely affluent communities, where students drive golf carts to school, and communities so depressed that city parks do not exist and schools serve ALL students free breakfast and lunch. What do all of these experiences have in common? Unbelievably innovative, courageous, smart and flat-out awesome people!

This brings me to the title of the blog. Sure, I have literally hundreds of memories of the places I have been, but the ones I will cherish forever are the ones that involve thousands of #QPE teachers I have met. In the last 10 days, I have had the opportunity to connect with three such people, and feel compelled to share these stories for three distinctly different reasons.

The first connection I’d like to talk about involves a woman named Colleen, who has taught for 20+ years at all 3 levels. She is currently at Elementary, but strives to go back to teaching middle school students one day. She asked me to observe her teaching and give her feedback on what I saw that she could work on. This is courage! After over 20 years of teaching, this person is still willing to receive feedback and is thoroughly committed to getting better. This reminds me of what many physical educators ask their students to do every day: to never stop learning. Thank you, Colleen, for your courage to keep learning!

The second connection happened when I had the opportunity to listen to, and then meet, Crystal Gorwitz (@clearlycrystal). She is from Wisconsin and teaches Middle School. She was a keynote speaker at the SEA Summit Conference in South Padre, TX this week. I was amazed at Crystal’s drive to keep looking for ways to connect with her students. In the short time that I listened to Crystal, it became CLEAR that she would never stop striving to connect. She will use technology, costumes, humor, personal stories and more. It made my heart sing to see an educator who had one singular goal: to positively affect the students and the teachers she came in contact with. Thank you, Crystal, for your amazing ability to look at YOUR teaching through the eyes of YOUR students!

The last connection I’d like to share was with the person, whom I met at a deeper level – Dolly Lambdin (@dollylambdin). This was not my first time meeting Dolly; but over the past 3 days, I was able to witness what many other people may already know about her: she has an amazing ability to lead through pulling, NOT pushing. Pushing people to “see the light” or do what is in the best interest of #QPE is counterproductive to the end goal, and Dolly fully realizes this fact. Pushing people creates resentment. Nobody wants to be told what to do. This holds true for children, as well as adults. The first time I met Dolly, I did not know what to think, because she did not say much when I was around her. After more opportunities to talk to Dolly and watch her in group settings, it became evident that her leadership magic lies in her ability to pull you ever so gently to where you already know is the right place to go. Thank you, Dolly, for demonstrating great leadership!

If I could do it all over again, would I choose to play pro baseball, serve drinks or cut hair? Truthfully, yes – I would play pro baseball in a New York minute! However, in reality this was never going to happen, and therefore, the real answer is NO! The job I have is not a job, but a calling. It is who I am, and what makes me alive. Meeting the people I do makes me think critically about who I am and what I stand for. I stand for Quality Physical Education for ALL! I have strong opinions about where OUR profession needs to go, and I am not afraid to share those opinions with the people I meet; for it is because of the people I have met over the past 15 years that I believe and stand for what I do!

I want to thank all of the amazing #QPE people that I have met and all of those whom I have not yet met, but sincerely hope to in the near future.

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation


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.together counts logo

Let’s Move! 2014 National Recognition

Yesterday Let’s Move! recognized 698 U.S. schools as 2014 National Award Winners. The award was for creating an active environment in their schools. First Lady Michelle Obama was there and 42 states plus Washington D.C. were included in the 698 schools.

“These schools are paving the way to a new America – one where being active is the norm.” -First Lady Michelle Obama

We hope this motivates you to get out and get active today! Remember, a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity everyday is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests for all school-aged children!

To read the full article Click Here

R.I.C.E. Bucket Challenge

One of the teachers in the Focused Fitness family is Ryan Wiser. He is an amazing elementary QPE teacher in the Mead School District (Washington State). To start off this school year he made a video called the R.I.C.E. Bucket Challenge. Similar to the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” that was created and went viral to bring awareness to ASL, the R.I.C.E. Bucket Challenge is bringing awareness to four things to remember as Mead School District begins the 2014-2015 school year. R.I.C.E. stands for Respectful, Indoor Voice, Considerate, Enthusiastic.

Mead School District had its first day of school Tuesday the second of September and this video was shown at the Back to School Assembly.

Seattle to Portland in 204 Miles

amy portlandAmy Lutz, Focused Fitness VP of Software, had a weekend for the record books! 204 Miles for Seattle to Portland with her husband Dr. Bob Lutz. Biking is a lifetime activity that is great to do with friends, or by yourself. Amy also took part in developing SHAPE America’s Bicycle Curriculum. What are you doing to stay active this summer?

Mishicot has the ‘Heart of a Champion’

Mishicot School District is located in Mishicot, Wisconsin. They are in their second year of a Physical Education for Progress (PEP) grant. Focused Fitness is proud to be a partner in developing QPE in the district. At the last training Chris Krepline spoke with us about one way he motivates and inspires students. The picture is their “Heart of a Champion” belt. Chris had this made to give to students who prove that they have the heart of a champion by achieving goals, helping fellow students, teachers or staff, or if they just have a positive attitude. (Chris gives it for a variety of reasons) The student keeps/wears it for a day.


Mischicot Teachers Left to Right: Linda Schuette, Chris Krepline, Matt Dirkmann, Bob Hagenow