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Health and Physical Education/Activity

 
Health IQ App game developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) is for middle and high school students and adults. This game challenges your health IQ in a fund and educational way. There are selections of trivia questions and word scrambles grouped in three levels of difficulty - easy, medium, or hard - or you can select a random mix. The app is available free in both ITunes and Google Play stores.
 
Time for 10! Videos  These videos have been created by Nationwide Children's Hospital in order to encourage children to participate in healthy physical activities. Each video is less than 10 minutes in length and is designed for each of use in any school environment. Additional resources for use of the videos is also available.
 
GoNoOdle  Get the wiggles out with free brain breaks for your classroom. Registration is free. Click on the "?" for a list of suggested brain breaks.
 
This guide is provided free-of-charge to schools and provides the information needed to implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. In addition to the guide, the program partners offer a variety of other free tools and resources.
 
A Walking School Bus is a safe, fun, and healthy way for students to travel to and from school. Students walk to school in a group with at least one adult "driver" who walks along. Stops are made along the designated routes that go past a student's home. The Walking School Bus helps increase daily physical activity; increases safety for pedestrians in the neighborhood; reduces traffic; decreases crime; and increases community cohesion.
 
Let's Move! Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier. There are five pillars of the initiative: 1) Creating a healthy start for children; 2) Empowering parents and caregivers; 3) Providing healthy foods in schools; 4) Improving access to healthy, affordable foods and 5) Increasing physical activity.
 
Bright Futures
Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children's health needs in the context of family and community. This initiative offers many different resources to use in improving and maintaining the health of all children and adolescents.
 
Active Living Research- Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance  This research brief (January 2015), produced with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, reviews published scientific articles that examine how physical activity and fitness may help school-aged children maximize their academic performance. It also provides an overview of the effects of physical activity on the developing brain.
 
Educational Opportunities
 
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP): Building One Piece at a Time
Hosted by the Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center, this webinar included an overview of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs. Speakers shared best practices for implementing the 5 components of this program: 1) High-quality physical education; 2) Physical activity during the school day; 3) Physical activity before and after school; 4) Staff involvement and 5) Family and community engagement. CSPAP can be implemented in all schools and can be used to develop or enhance a healthy school environment.
 
This Education Policy Briefing Series was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and focused on how physical activity and physical education contribute to improved school climate including reduced incidents of disciplinary infractions and academic success.
 
Grant Opportunity
 
Supported by a grant from MetLife Foundation and developed by clinicians from The Children's Health Fund's National Children's Health Project Network, Healthy B.A.S.I.C.S. provides simple, accurate and culturally relevant health education brochures, lesson plans, and parent's guide suitable for children and families of all backgrounds. This information is free. Some information is also available in Spanish.
 
Updated: June 28, 2016