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.
By Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer
Dr. Bossenmeyer is an expert witness on playground injury and playground supervision cases. She is also a retired Elementary School Principal.
On average, 17 children die each year playing on playgrounds.
Many deaths and injuries could be prevented if playgrounds – from equipment to surfacing to layout – were designed with safety in mind. When […]
Sounds like a tiny tot gym for aspiring World Body Builders like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, but instead it is a new federal program aimed at giving preschoolers a head start on future healthy behaviors and generally good health.
The new center called the National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play AKA Head Start Body Start, […]
On a recent trip, my 6 year old granddaughter noticed some flowers on the counter in our hotel. Instinctively, she touched them, followed immediately by the question, “Are they real?”
The question caused me to pause. She touched the flowers, yet she still asked, “Are they real?” I was surprised.
The next day, walking to a restaurant, […]
For the generation of Americans that lived by the daily adage, “you must come inside when the street lights come on,” the importance of play was intuitive and occurred naturally in the course of everyday American life. Baby boomers recite the street light regulation as one of America’s unwritten rules that most children understood and […]
For some time, researchers have known that physical education and exercise changes the structure of the brain, resulting in improvements in concentration, fidgeting and creates new brain cells.
The body-mind link is well documented. But current thinking and actions (like eliminating recess and physical education) lead me to question if some decisions reflect the cliché that […]
As most of the nation head back to school facing triple digit heat, schools face the challenges associated with outdoor recess and overheated classrooms. Principals and physical educators will face daily decisions regarding children’s heat health on the playground.
In this article, we will review some information regarding different playground challenges and solutions to those problems.
Who do you think has a greater influence as a role model on health and nutrition: a parent, teacher or young adults? The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), believes its young adults, and they are taking advantage of that fact. They have started a program
using about 24 high school students to teach […]