Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Keeping Kids Cool at School

 Yesterday was the highest recorded heat that I recall ever where I live in Canyon Lake, CA.

 111 degrees

Such high temperatures put children especially at risk for heat related conditions. I wrote a featured article on the topic called, "Keeping Kids Cool at School."   It covers recommendations, guidelines, and considerations for hot playgrounds and hot weather during physical education.

As most of the nation heads back to school facing triple digit heat, schools face the challenges associated with outdoor recess and overheated classrooms. Principals and physical educators will face daily decisions regarding children’s heat health on the playground.
In this article we will review some information regarding different playground challenges and solutions to those problems.
Of particular concern to schools is that “kids absorb more heat than adults while sweating less. The result is kids have a greater propensity for heat cramps, exhaustion or heat stroke”, according to Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, also known as the Recess Doctor.

Link to article: Keeping Kids Cool at School.


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10 Rainy Day Activities for Indoor Recess.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Peaceful Playgrounds Participates in NFL United Way Community Kick Off


Peaceful Playgrounds participated in the NFL United Way Community Kick Off event at Lake Grove Elementary in Federal Way, WA.  Lake Grove physical education teacher applied for the United Way community Kick Off grant requesting a climbing wall and the Peaceful Playgrounds program.

About 70 United Way Volunteers combined worked with the Washington Dairy Council, NFL Play60 coordinators and retired Seattle Seahawks players to add the playground elements during a playground rehab event.

The pictures below represent some of the work accomplished by the volunteers last week.