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.
I’ve scanned the list of 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 encourage physical activity in the classroom. The program is FREE and comes in […]
First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her strategy for tackling the nation’s childhood obesity crisis.
Mrs. Obama’s initiative is called Let’s Move, and includes a website with tools and background on the initiative.
Her speech was informative and inspiring. One quote was particularly compelling.
“We can’t build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth […]
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 […]
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 […]
There is a public health crisis facing the United States and many countries around the world. Unlike so many public health crises resulting in disease, it can’t be cured by an inoculation. The disease has reached epidemic proportions and is called childhood obesity. We need to address nutrition in schools before its too late.
20% of […]
Childhood obesity has taken center stage as children’s #1 health problem.
Senators and Congressmen are joining forces and passing legislation for mandatory physical education and many states are reinstating recess. Pediatricians are attempting to advise parents to attain a healthy body weight for their children. The emphasize that healthy bodies healthy minds go hand in hand. […]
Schools Teaching Organic Gardening
In this article, we will look into the movement that is transforming the nation’s schools, the “Local Food Movement” via school gardens. Americans are facing epidemic levels of childhood onset of diabetes, a disease which in many of these children is preventable. Local schools are implementing gardens which allow for hands-on-learning in […]
Ideas for Healthy School Lunches
1. Serve a Hot Meal
Schools across the country are beginning to prepare hot meals on site making available healthier choices thus eliminating or reducing fried foods and junk food from school grounds.
The problem, however, is that healthy foods can take longer to eat and research indicates that eating […]
An alarming educational trend is spreading like wildfire across the nation due to our economic situation. More troubling is the fact that no one is talking about the effect of a shortened school year for students’ academic advancement.
The nation’s second largest school district signed agreements with the United Teachers of Los Angeles to shorten the […]