Schools play an important role in helping children to be healthy and fit.  A fast growing body of research indicates that student wellness and academic learning go hand-in-hand.  Put simply, the benefits that can arise from proper nutrition and physical activity are a prerequisite to optimal learning and to avoiding and preventing chronic diseases.

We have put together a page of resources for schools on the topic of:  Tools for Creating a…
National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education

The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:

*   Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.

*   Knows the implicati…
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"It’s just gym, huh?

"Well think again. It’s the only subject I know of that directly reduces a kid’s long-term risk of heart failure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, several cancers, and obesity — and at the same time enhances fitness, cognitive function, self-esteem, teamwork, and overall good health.
Like it or not, the truth is, if we keep cutting PE out of our schools and physical activity out of o…
In 1990 the state of Georgia introduced a statewide physical education requirement.

A recent study indicates that state laws mandating physical education minutes matters. "One study of kindergarteners to fifth graders across the U.S. found that physical education (PE) classes lowered body mass index (BMI) scores and reduced the probability of obesity among fifth graders. An additional hour of gym time lowered BMI for all children in th…
Adding Peaceful Playgrounds games to playground in Corona, CA.  For more information on the Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program visit:   and download your free gift "Ten Rainy and Snow Day Activities for Recess."
Written by Zia Bossenmeyer, Vice President of Peaceful Playgrounds

School bullying is a topic that is getting lots of attention. According to the CDC it’s a major health problem. The CDC has designed tools for researchers, prevention specialists, and health educators. It appears their focus is to assist with measurement tools.
On the website you can download their guide called “Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experien…
Do you have a Peaceful Playground?  Sound Impossible?  It's not!  Here's how.

Want to know more?     Online Bullying Prevention Training – State Compliance Training 
Setting the Stage for Responding to Bullying
I watched a less popular girl, Allison, walk up to a group of four girls who were playing a game of four-square. As she approached and asked, “Can I play?” she was quickly rebuffed. “The game is closed,” Janey, the ring leader, announced.
Given the school is a Peaceful Playgrounds school, I was surprised at the response because of the “You can’t say, ‘You can’t play’” mantra. Allison, whose disappointment was obvious, turned to play anoth…
The Saucony Run For Good Foundation

Funding is provided to optimize the impact and success of community organizations that promote running and healthy-lifestyle programs for youth.
Deadline: June 13, 2013
Grant Information

Rite Aid Foundation (National

The Rite Aid Foundation is offering funding to nonprofit organizations that focus on children's health and wellness in the communities in which Rite Aid operates. The Foundation accepts proposals …
Wisc. Town Plans to Ticket Parents for Student Bullying

The Wisconsin State Journal reports, the "parent-liability" approach is part of an overall ordinance passed by the Monona City Council and may break fresh ground in the nationwide effort to reduce schoolyard bullying among children and teens.

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June 1 Peaceful Playgrounds News and Grants Newsletter

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Saucony Youth Running Program Grants
Playground Tip of the Month
Sample Course for Playground Supervisors
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Playground Supervisor Training
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