• Letters to Save P.E. - A Letter from Beth Sibik

    Letters to Save P.E. - A Letter from Beth Sibik

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    Beth Sibik is a physical education/wellness teacher for the Winchendon School District in Massachusetts. She has worked in the district for 21 years. The district has decided to cut the unified arts programs for the fall semester. She has written a letter to the district, which has been posted in a private Facebook group.
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • Redefining Recess: The Physical Benefits of Recess

    Redefining Recess: The Physical Benefits of Recess

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    Redefining Recess: The Physical Benefits of Recess Have you ever heard of the 3 “Rs” of education? If you haven’t, that’s okay! The 3 “Rs” stand for READING, WRITING, and ARITHMETIC (math), and have long been considered the fundamental building blocks of education. It makes sense when you think about it, since many activities we undertake in our day-to-day lives revolve around at least...
  • 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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