• It's Time To Save PE

    It's Time To Save PE

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    In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing rules, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has warned that state aid for public schools could be slashed by 20%. The impact of these cuts will linger for years, particularly for those already hit the hardest: teachers, who are beginning to see job losses mount, and kids in poor areas, where schools often provide the only...
  • Childhood Obesity: Where Are We Now?

    Childhood Obesity: Where Are We Now?

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    Childhood obesity is on the rise. Where are we now and what are we doing to prevent it? Updated to include new information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Physical Education Lesson Ideas to Promote Healthy Bodies and Minds

    Physical Education Lesson Ideas to Promote Healthy Bodies and Minds

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    With kids getting more and more screen time each and every day, breaks for physical activity are becoming more and more important. But how do you get kids engaged in activities that teach life skills and promote physical activity?
  • Childhood Obesity Puts Kids At Increased Risk For Adult Heart Disease

    Childhood Obesity Puts Kids At Increased Risk For Adult Heart Disease

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    Childhood Obesity Puts Kids at Increased Risk For Developing Adult Heart Disease When was the last time you got your child's heart checked out? February is American Heart Month, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) wants you to know that heart disease isn't just a concern for adults 65 and up.  "Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults," the CDC writes on...
  • Redefining Recess: The Educational Benefits of Recess

    Redefining Recess: The Educational Benefits of Recess

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    Redefining Recess: The Educational Benefits of Recess   Growing up in suburban central Connecticut, recess was never a problem at my elementary school. We had at least 30 minutes daily of unstructured recess, in addition to 30 minutes for lunch break. Recess was given to us every day, rain or shine. If it rained, we were allowed 30 minutes of unstructured “indoor recess” in...
  • Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It.

    Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It.

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    Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It. Bonus post! This week, the Fit and Fun Playscapes blog is proud to feature a guest post by Michael J. Hynes, E.D., Superintendent of Schools for the Patchogue-Medford School District in Long Island, New York. What he has to say about recess, mental health and the importance of daily play is a...
  • "Candy Land" Comes to Yuma, AZ

    "Candy Land" Comes to Yuma, AZ

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    From that time we partnered with the City of Yuma through Disney's Meet Me at the Park grant to bring Hasbro's popular board game, "Candy Land," to the Joe Henry Optimist Center Park in Yuma, Arizona!
  • Fit and Fun Playscapes Named as a Resource by CDC & SHAPE America

    Fit and Fun Playscapes Named as a Resource by CDC & SHAPE America

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    According to the recent “Recess Planning In Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies into Practice” published in January of 2017 by the CDC and Shape America, Fit & Fun Playscapes is listed as a resource for Strategy Category 3: Creating an Environment Supportive of Physical Activity During Recess.  Fit & Fun Playscapes staffs professional designers that have created over 50 recess game stencil designs and 10 stencil packages,...
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