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Recess redress: The importance of play in education

Ask any child what his or her favorite subject is in school, and most will say recess. Yet a recent Gallup poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess to focus more on academics....

source: By Suzanne Mason
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SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators has just announced the launch of a new Back to School website with numerous resources for K-12 health and physical education teachers. From a free digital Scope & Sequence Chart to all the information needed...

source: SHAPE America

A majority of Americans support providing schoolchildren with healthy meals that consist of more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in calories and sodium, according to a national poll released recently by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Legislation signed in 2010...

source: The New York Times

A PE teacher at Alabama's Harvest Elementary School created a cardio routine that uses a popular song to get his students excited about staying active and healthy. Jason Paschall developed an aerobic dance routine to the popular "Silento...

source: AL.com

Students at Frances Tucker Elementary School in Coconut Grove, Florida will have a new kind of playground this fall. The school was one of three in the state that won a fitness center, complete with weight machines for children, Xbox exercise games and treadmills.

source: Miami Herald

A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter than their "lower-fit" peers. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated...

source: University of Illinois via Bioscience Technology

Walking or biking to school was once a daily routine for a lot of kids. But as this school year begins, that rite is happening less often than in years past. In St. Louis, Trailnet is working with local schools to help them encourage...

source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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