I've spent over a decade examining the link between physical activity and academic achievement and cognition among students. Understanding how movement affects student outcomes—from health and fitness to achievement—has been the focus of my research with thousands of young learners. I wanted to share with you some information about the importance of recess for elementary school students.
Happy Valentine's Day from ActivEd! This day is all about love and hearts, so we're focusing on heart health. Here are some dietary recommendations from the American Heart Association to share with your students and their families.
What happens when your school closes due to inclement weather? Does the learning stop? At some schools, it doesn't! A recent article reports that a school in Kentucky has "implemented at-home learning days instead of snow days." In Ohio, "students may complete assignments – known as 'blizzard bags' – when winter weather closes schools." Some schools also employ technology to keep students on track during unexpected days off.
Americans were consuming fewer sugary drinks. That progress has now stopped. Children and adults now consume about the same number of calories from soda, sports drinks, and other sugary drinks as they did in 2009-2010. From the Washington Post:
The SCECA conference (titled Ignite Your Passion as We Build Strong SC Children) took place on January 19-21, 2017 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The conference brought together more than 1670 educators who serve children birth to age eight. Participants were evenly divided between those who work at child development centers and those who work at schools.ActivEd, Inc. exhibited Walkabouts at the conference. Attendees reacted positively to Walkabouts, web-based lessons for pre-k to second grade students that integrate movement with language arts, reading, and math content. Educators, parents, and