The Benefits of Team Sports and Why Team Sports are Declining By Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

Reasons Team Sports Participation in Decline Did you know that participation in team sports has declined in recent years? According to the Aspen Institute, in 2018, only 38% of children participated in a team sport, down from 45% in 2008. There are a few reasons for this decline, including:The rising cost of youth sports. The cost of equipment, travel, and regi…
Physical Activity Challenge Court: Dots-Lines-Ladders$1,999.99

Physical Activity Challenge Court A new physical activity challenge court program includes a permanent physical activity court and a trail that is painted on the playground.  Unlike a fitness par course that requires expensive outdoor equipment stations, the physical activity court/trail is low cost, easy to implement and can be added to existing space or the perimeter of an asphalt…
FluidStance’s Grade For Kids® Balance Boards (K-12) 
Grants are available for 3 teachers to receive 2 balance boards for their classroom. The Grade® was built for active kids who need to keep moving. It enables non-distracting motion and is a great way for kids to expend extra energy while increasing focus and productivity.

Board retail value is $99.


This free Be Active Poster Set shows children ways to be physically active. Be Active Your Way including bike riding, running, sports, walking, for 60 minutes each day with simple rhymes to reinforce each activity.

Other Poster Sets Available: 

Playground Rules Poster Set

Anti Bullying Poster Set

Sports Poster Set

10 Rainy Day Activities for Indoor Recess and Physical Education.

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Physical Activity: What is it? Why is it so important?  What is physical activity and why is it important?
Physical activity is any bodily exercise that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness.  We think of physical activity as burning energy or calories. For health benefits, physical ac…
An inexpensive way to get kids moving? Loose equipment.
Pasadena Unified's Health Program Wins Top Statewide Honor
Article and Photo courtesy of PUSD Published : Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 3:12 PM
Part 4 Greetings! I hope by now you’re read all 3 parts of “Grow4It!” If not, just scroll down and catch up. We’ll wait for you to come back…Welcome back! So now you know that everything we’ve done thus far has led us down this personal, professional growth path. We’ve “G”athered resources, human and otherwise; we’ve “4”mulated (formulated) our plan; and now we’re in the process of “I”mplementing it. I’ve asked people in my PLN to weigh in with …
8 Ways Exercise Can Help Your Child Do Better in School

Great article on the 8 Ways Exercise Can Help Your Child Do Better in School.
Physical Activity on Campus — Here, There, and Everywhere by Paul Rosengard-Guest Blogger Part 4
Time to fire up the ole’ jalopy and finish our ride down Route 60-6! But before we merge into traffic, let’s make sure everyone is on board. Have YOU read Parts 1, 2, and 3? If not, just scroll down – you won’t need a GPS to find them… Where are we headed?

A place where every K-12 student engages in 60+ minutes of physical activity every day. And,…
Physical Activity on Campus -- Here, There, and Everywhere, Part 2 It's time to continue our ride on Route 60-6! Our destination? Sixty minutes of activity every day, and 6 opportunities to provide it to students on campus. They are: 1. Physical education class (structured) 2. Before school (usually unstructured) 3. Recess (usually elementary only, and unstructured) 4. Lunch break (usually unstructured) 5. PA integration with non-PE s…
Every Kid Healthy: California Every Kid Healthy Kids Grants – in partnership with ALDI, grants are available in Southern California only for this opportunity. Every Kid Healthy Grants provide funding for nutrition and/or physical activity initiatives to support becoming recognized as a health-promoting school. Grants size is $2,500 per school. View the paper application. Application due October 30.
A special Welcome to Guest Blogger Paul Rosengard.......

A Walk Down Memory Lane...

One of the nice things about getting older (yes, there are some positives...) is recalling the days when physical education (PE) teachers like myself smiled crookedly when asked about anything outside our locus of control (i.e., the gym and fields). We were so busy trying to do our jobs well: teach multiple classes at various grade levels, coach teams after school …
Leaps and Bounds: The Many Rewards of Physical Activity by RWJF on