FEATURED ARTICLES BY DR. MELINDA BOSSENMEYER
A series of articles on children’s health topics such as physical activity, bullying, school playgrounds, school recess, nutrition, PE, childhood obesity, and play.
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.
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 from classroom instruction, withholding recess is prohibited in 44% of school districts across the nation. Educators and administrators alike are examining the use of recess as punishment. With […]
Indoor or Outdoor Recess?
When the weather outside is frightful school recess on the playground may not be delightful. Just ask any playground supervisor.
Outdoor recess however, is a reality and daily decisions about “how cold is too cold” is something site principals, teachers and day care directors will be making during the winter months. Snow, wind […]
Eliminate School Recess?
Let’s Skip It!
Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.
California State University San Marcos
Every decade or so educators stumble upon a really bad idea. The elimination of school recess is one such current example. Citing valid, yet, inconveniencing reasons such as liability concerns, supervision hardships, and the pressure to increase academic achievement, some educators see the “all work […]
School Safety Update – October 1998
National School Safety Center
Pepperdine University – Malibu, CA
“As a playground supervisor at an elementary school for six years, grade school playgrounds are not for the meek!” says Janis Dingwall, Cedarhurst Elementary School, Seattle. Each year over 200,000 children are injured on school playgrounds. That is 200,000 children sustain injuries serious enough […]
“Peaceful Playgrounds: An engaging recess solution.”
Low Cost High Activity School Playgrounds on the Rise
Keep It Simple
Simple playthings such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and riding toys, do more for encouraging physical activity on school playgrounds than swings, jungle gyms and other “stationary” or “fixed” playground equipment, according to a recent report in the American […]
America’s favorite pastime may be baseball but for children in school it’s definitely recess! Just ask a group of students their favorite subject in school and you’re sure to get a loud enthusiastic array of “recess”! And much to the delight of students and parents alike, recess appears to be on the upswing.
In 1998, only […]
RBL Webinar Molly Stenberg, RD Montana Team Nutrition Program
As you may know I’m a retired principal but I’d be the first to admit that changing the education system is a lot like turn a huge cruise ship in a small harbor. Possible but not probable and it requires lots of maneuvering.
However a few brave principals […]
A professional perspective based on Case Study: Lessons from Los Angeles, in the Journal of Public Health Policy (2009)
For years physical educators across the country have advocated for daily physical education for their students. Legislators have joined the bandwagon and passed legislation mandating physical education for most K-12 grade students throughout CA and across the […]
I’ve scanned the list for activities that could be conducted for indoor recess or physical education activities on inclement days.
Indoor Activities for Getting Kids Active
ABC for Fitness –
Their stated mission is to provide a fun, simple, engaging, no-cost, effective activities that encourages physical activity in the classroom. The program is FREE and comes in […]