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Importance of recess for elementary school students

Posted by Dr. Julian Reed on Feb 16, 2017 7:20:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Dr. Julian Reed, move to learn, recess

Heart-healthy tips for Valentine's Day

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Feb 14, 2017 6:25:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: move to learn, physical activity, healthy choices, heart health

Keep kids learning during inclement weather

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Feb 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: Walkabouts, move to learn

Making healthy choices in and out of the classroom

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Feb 7, 2017 11:45:00 AM


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:

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Topics: Physical Education, move to learn, healthy choices

Educators gather for SC Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Jan 31, 2017 7:35:00 AM

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
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Topics: early childhood, Active Learning, South Carolina

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