This is a tribute to a well known and much loved physical educator. He composed many poems on physical education, fitness and teaching. He was the State Supervisor of Physical Education in Ohio and composed a number of records and cd's.

In his honor here's one of his poems.

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
By Ambrose E. Brazelton,
As printed in the Phi Delta Kappan of Feb. 73

Are some glossed over facts of modern history.
It speaks of se…
Contributed by Andrea Bossenmeyer

Yet another research study is emerging showing that if you stick Dora or Shrek or any other popular cartoon character on the front of a box or a banana that is what the child will choose to eat. The study shows preschoolers will choose the higher-calorie, less healthful foods over more nutritious options.

"The bottom line is that when kids are presented with a choice of graham crackers, fruit snacks or carrot…
Contributed by Andrea Bossenmeyer

Wouldn't having more money for physical education programs and bureaucratic support for getting kids fit be amazing?

Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign has another initiative she's kicking off. This initiative is called Let's Move Cities & Town's.

To become a prospective Let’s Move City or Let’s Move Town, mayors and elected officials can make an impact by:

1. Helping Parents Make …
A Federal Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Grant provided Central Kitsap schools money to install Peaceful Playgrounds games and markings at all 12 elementary schools in the district.

CKSD hopes the changes also will help in the classroom.

“If the kids are not all wound up, then the teachers will have more time for instruction,” Martin said.

More on CKSD PEP Grant.
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in the U.S. Department of Education announces the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant application (CFDA 84.215F).

Program Description: The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to LEAs and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiat…
Though sugary sodas have been banned for some time in the state's public schools, in middle and high schools, sugar-sweetened sports drinks are allowed. SB1255, already passed by the State Senate and today passed by the Assembly's Education Committee, would ban sale of sugar-sweetened sports drinks during school hours too.

Read Sugary Sport Drinks.

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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Banning Junk Food Works.
Contributed by Andrea Bossenmeyer.

Have you heard? The Mayor Of Oklahoma City put his citizens on a diet? In order to bring attention to the issue of obesity, he created a website to help citizens of Oklahoma lose 1 million pounds together. The city is on the list of the Top Ten Obese Cities in America.

There are many initiatives such as helping push fast food's healthier options menu, working with "The Biggest Loser" as well as b…
Contributed by Andrea Bossenmeyer

The Let's Move Campaign has started a new initiative called, "Chefs move to Schools" Initiative. There was a groundbreaking introductory event at the White House where hundreds of chefs from 37 States attended. The initiative is intended to help students learn where food comes from, and develop healthy habits. Ms. Obama said to the chefs, "You’ll be elevating the role of food in our schools, an…
Educators and neuroscientists are beginning to understand the importance of recess. Years ago kids went to recess as it was good for their health to get outside, experience the fresh air and get a break from sitting inside classrooms for extended periods of time. Today we are beginning to recognize the many other benefits of recess as well.

Sutapa Ray, a neuroscientist with the Bellevue children's software company Neuropath Learning identi…
PEP Grants Released This Friday!

From the Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools:

You are receiving this email as a result of your inquiry of the 2010 competition for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant (PEP). We are pleased to announce the Notice of Final Priorities (NFP) and the Notice Inviting Applicants (NIA) will publish in the Federal Register on Friday, June 18, 2010. You may log on to the federal register now at http:/…
Have you checked out the Play Cafe?

Watch this short video for information and parent resources for those interested in and understanding the importance of play.

The importance of play.

A playground program: Peaceful Playgrounds.

One schools approach to playground play space.
Recess Before Lunch plan nixed when School Board votes down cost of new sinks. One of the biggest obstacles to a Recess Before Lunch schedule is often hand washing. On the traditional eat first and play later option children often wash their hands in the classroom before lining up for lunch.

District 861 School Board in conjunction with the local Wellness Committee are looking for grant funding to cover the $10,000 cost of the new sinks to be in…
Thank you to everyone that attended our last How to have a Peaceful Playgrounds Webinar! We had a great attendance. Here's a Question & Answer session from one of our schools.

Q: Approximately how many hours are needed to paint the playground markings?
This is a great question. There are many factors that vary the amount of time needed, such as: how many game markings are being added, how hot or cold it is on your paint day (drying time), …
I had the opportunity to hear John Wooden talk at a coaching clinic in the early 70's. At that time I coached High School Girls Basketball. Even today, I can quote many of his saying related to basketball regarding teamwork, dedication, and sacrifice. But the the one poem that has tuck with my for over 40 years ago is the one written below that I read in his book, They Call Me Coach.

OF …
MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children learning kit (the Kit) is a collection of supplementary lessons on nutrition and physical activity with an emphasis on role modeling. Intended as a teacher resource in the early childhood classroom, the Kit is most appropriate for use with children ages three to five. (Kit description).

This kit is available for free download and was developed by Maryland State Department of Edu…
The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) was established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.

In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let’s Move!, incorporating the HealthierUS School Challenge into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids.

You can download the HealthierUS School Challenge kit here.
This month's newsletter provides articles on:

1. Shortening the school year spreads,
2. Study: School recess improves classroom behavior,
3. Disadvantaged preschoolers lack motor skills,
4. Recess not Ritalin
5. List of U.S. Map Stencil Winners for June 2010

Download the June Play Nice Newsletter here.
A new study from the University of Nebraska indicates that banning junk food or foods of "Limited Nutritional Value"in ala cart lines which compete with school lunch hour meals resulted in an 18 percent reduction in overweight or obese students.

The findings, which appears online in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, are from a three-year research project on child obesity that was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.…