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Physical Activity Articles (Kids)

What does moderate to vigorous physical activity mean for kids?  by Rachel DeHaven, Physical Activity Specialist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Simply put, moderate and vigorous are terms to explain how hard your body is working when doing that particular activity. Exercise physiologists measure activity in metabolic equivalents or METS. One MET is defined as the […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Physical Activity, Resources|0 Comments

Brain Breaks: Basic and Supercharged

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Purpose of Brain Breaks
Well designed Brain Breaks accomplish three purposes: 1) they refresh students, 2) they refocus students for learning and 3) they re-energize students.

Every teacher has experience the glazed look from students who basically need a break.  When kids get tired or bored, they tend to check out.  Once kids begin to check out– […]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Featured Articles, Physical Activity|0 Comments

Physical Activity and the Brain

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By |September 8th, 2013|Featured Articles, Physical Activity|0 Comments

Physical activity : Making the case for kids moving more.

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What is Physical Activity?

Physical activity is any bodily exercise that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness. We think of physical activity as burning

energy or calories. For health benefits, physical activity should be of moderate or vigorous intensity, according to the USDA.

Some examples of moderate activities include walking, biking, gardening, and hiking.

Some […]

60 Alternatives to Withholding Recess

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Withholding Recess is Prohibited in 44% of School Districts
Given the value of recess in a student’s physical and social development, and the need for periodic breaks […]

Physical Activity At School: Get A Move On

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Low Cost Solutions to Getting Kids Active at School  Monday-Friday
By Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.

Children six years and older need a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity […]

The Benefits of Physical Activity in Schools

The benefits of Physical Activity in Schools
Most classrooms have at least one impulsive child and in my experience some classes have more than one. These impulsive children are frequently in trouble and display sincere regret for their actions… repeatedly. When teaching, I wondered, “Will they ever learn?”

A new study suggests that a simple solution for […]

By |December 6th, 2012|Featured Articles, Physical Activity, Schools|0 Comments

Pedometers for Kids: Tracking Physical Activity

You can “count on” this tiny physical activity tool to keep track of your activity.
According to the United States Surgeon General, “We have a health crisis affecting every city, state, community and school across America. The crisis is obesity. It is the fastest growing cause of disease and death in America. However, it is completely […]

By |December 6th, 2012|Physical Activity|0 Comments

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