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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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Immerse yourself in the latest instructional techniques for health and physical educators at the 2016 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis, April 5-9. The event will be held in partnership with SHAPE America Central District and Minnesota SHAPE. Visit...

source: SHAPE America

Research has shown that efforts through the Texas Grow! Eat! Go! program have had a positive effect on improving the health and wellness of youth in the five participating Texas counties. The Texas Grow! Eat! Go! study engaged...

source: Texas A&M University via Medical Xpress

Camp Abilities, created by longtime SHAPE America member, Lauren Lieberman, is a unique summer camp that helps blind and visually impaired children participate in sports they never thought possible. The video linked here offers insight into the camp.

source: HBO

In what could be the first of many watershed moments to impact the landscape of high school football, two University of Minnesota doctors have recommended that football be eliminated from the nation's schools. Dr. Steven Miles and Dr. Shailendra...

source: USA Today

Mark Twain Elementary School fifth-grader Edgar Angel-Rosales walked across the room and took the hand of classmate Samantha Jimenez. "May I have this dance?" he asked. Samantha obliged, and the couple danced the cha-cha for judges from Life Change Academy, a mentoring program...

source: The Oklahoman

Sex education in American schools is evolving beyond slideshows on reproductive biology and lectures on avoiding pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The new focus: teaching students communication skills, such as the "yes means yes" standard for seeking and giving...

source: The Associated Press via Contra Costa Times


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