• Playing Hopscotch: Five Hopscotch Templates For Your Summer Playground

    Playing Hopscotch: Five Hopscotch Templates For Your Summer Playground

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    Five Hopscotch Templates For Your Summer Playground Playing hopscotch is a great way for kids (and adults!) to get themselves outdoors and moving, especially during the warm summer months. There are tons of options for various types of hopscotches, from animals to biomes to buildings to simple squares, and can be painted with hopscotch paint or hopscotch chalk, both permanent and temporary. You can...
  • 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 the...
  • 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!
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