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!
The day after the USA celebrated it’s independence day the USA women’s soccer team won the World Cup. It’s a story for the record books. The above commercial is a great representation, created by Nike, of how important it is to push each other to achieve more. As the summer months continue in full swing we can’t help but look to the horizon and see September, and the start of a new school year. As we move into the 2015-2016 school year we have to do so together. Nike hit the nail on the head in this commercial with it’s message, and it relates to us as health and physical educators.
As an individual teacher we are strong. We want lifelong health and happiness for the students we have the privilege of teaching. We want to provide them with all the essential knowledge to make healthy diet and exercise choices. We want to give them current, relevant information so they have the arsenal needed to become their own nutritionist and personal trainer when they graduate high school. As an individual teacher we have a daunting task.
Together, as a group, a team if you will, of health and physical educators we are, just like Nike said, unstoppable. Working together to share ideas, best practices, and collaborating on how we can get our students the information they need is going to drive health and physical education confidently forward. We are the most important subject and together we can help others see why we are the core of education. We are the most important subject because a physically educated person knows how to prepare their body and minds for learning.
If a student is dehydrated, malnourished, sleep deprived, and sedentary their bodies are not ready to learn. Together we are unstoppable because we can teach our students how to stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep and maintain a body that is regularly active.
As we move through summer, call, tweet, email, and reach out to us. We would love to help you become unstoppable when it comes to teaching health and physical education!
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.
This is a summary of the Focused Fitness presentation at the 2014 National PE Institute. It was held at the UNC Ashville.
A Quality Physical Education (#QPE) program is based on four main components. 1. Fitness 2. Motor Skills 3. Social/Emotional Skills 4. Academic Content
Often times the hardest component to integrate into a program is number 4, academic content. In many ways this is the crucial component to a student that will grow into a lifelong mover. Without academic content integrated into a QPE program the students may not understand why they are doing what they are doing, or grasp the long term benefits of exercise and a healthy diet. If a student improves in fitness, motor skills, and developing socially and emotionally during school, that is great…but without a knowledge of fitness components and nutrition they may not know what to do when they get out of school…
To learn more about integrating academic content into your QPE program Click Here or email Smile@FocusedFitness.org today.
Be happy, be healthy, and always keep that smile on!
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.
The CDC has released a new resource that is a framework for a healthier tomorrow! The Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs or CSPAP is running strong across the country. Check out the new resource, Click Here!