Right to Recess for All Schools



Need tools on how to get recess back into your school? Many Latino kids do not get the daily activity needed, and recess is one way to help them achieve a healthier physical lifestyle. The Right to Recess Campaign was started to assist those looking to have recess in their school by providing PTA members, parents, teachers, and community leaders the much needed tools to keep recess going in their schools. Need recess in your school? Click this link to access free ...

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Mandatory Morning Dance Program at Illinois School



Mary Colver, the school nurse at Little Fort Elementary School in Waukegan, IL, (55.7% Latino) wanted to get kids moving.   She recognized obesity as a problem (33.6% of children in Illinois are obese), but also wanted to increase student’s performance in the classroom. With a grant from Action for Healthy Kids, Mary started 6 physical activity initiatives at her school: Morning music program Brain breaks Before-school exercise club Family health night Physical Activity Leaders program Created a ½ mile walking path Students have responded very enthusiastically to the Morning Music Program.  Every morning after the pledge of allegiance, a song is played in all the classrooms and students are required to get up and get moving.  They can do jumping jacks, ...

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Water Funding For Dry California



Clean water access for Californians is a large issue for many rural latino families. California has the largest Latino population in the U.S. and unfortunately many without access to uncontaminated drinking water. According to the Community Water Center, California’s San Joaquin Valley has the highest rates of contaminated drinking water as well as the greatest number of public water systems with Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) violations in the state. The good news is that Federal and State investments along with California-based organizations are working on water quality and quantity in the dry state. A new partnership focused on conserving and restoring Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other partners to ...

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Local Food Funding through Local Food, Local Places



Kentucky, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama are among USDA's top states to receive 2015 Federal funding through the new initiative Local Food, Local Places. Local Food, Local Places is a federal initiative providing direct technical support to help local food systems and grow local economy as well as help provide community kitchens, food hubs, enhance public spaces for people to walk or bike to farmers markets, and encourage gardens in schools.Communities work together in a holistic approach, with experts from all fields, including public health, environmental, agricultural, transportation, and regional economics. Harvesting the reports from 2014, the program brought in over 11 billion dollars and showed that local food is growing in popularity and sustainability. ...

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Forest Mondays Open Doors For Learning



Kids in the U.S are overweight and recess is being cut back in schools across the nation. In fact, a report from Vermont stated that in 2005 the overweight population had more than doubled in the last twenty years. A small-town teacher in Quechee, Vermont is taking a new approach for kids to have the much needed recess time in school. The innovative teacher, Eliza Minnucci, takes her classroom outside into the woods once a week for what she calls “Forest Monday”. Minnucci got her idea from a documentary in Switzerland where kids spend the whole school day outside. Minnucci keeps order of the classroom while visiting the woods with a few simple rules, however, she let’s them explore how to do and shape things, helping them become more resourceful in their ...

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Children & Nature : Studies Show Increase In Memory & Attention



Studies from all over are funneling down on the facts about how nature and the great outdoors prove to help the learning environment for kids and adults alike. A recent study from US National Library of Health, reveals a link between the "greenness" of green spaces and school performance. Another study in 2015 from University of British Columbia, shows that rough play, usually in outdoor settings, increase a child's health socially and physically. These studies are finding the benefits of nature and being outdoors are helpful for: Cognitive Development Memory Function Critical Reasoning Diversified Learning Physical health To read more on this check out the full ...

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Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living’s Active-Play Active Learning Program


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The Michael & Susan dell Center for Healthy Living have multiple programs and projects that promote healthy living. Active-Play Active Learning (APAL) is just one of the many healthy programs that encourages healthy changes for kids. APAL is a school-based initiative that allows kids to become more active in recess and school time. APAL is incorporated through three main approaches: Classroom Brain Breaks- brief activity breaks that support academic learning and contribute active class transitions School Playground Markings- beautified playground areas with locomotor markings that encourage learning and activity during recess and class time Peer-Led Games- five to ten minute student led games Three times a year teachers are trained with interactive games and ...

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Fly Movement’s 6-Week Fitness Challenge Gets Houston Kids Moving!



The team over at Fly Movement, a Houston based non-profit organization that works to get kids excited about being fit has just released the latest results from their 6-week fitness challenge! After giving out 50 fitness trackers to 3rd grade students at Brookline Elementary, Eric Melchor, founder of Fly Movement, noted that kids were more active. While wearing fitness trackers the students walked an average of over 2.65 miles a day. According to Melchor, the idea behind Fly Movement is simple. Just give kids a fitness tracker and a goal challenge. "I usually tell them about one of my goals," said Melchor. "If you can teach kids at a young age the importance of reaching goals they are going to do better in life." For kids participating in Fly Movement, the goal is to beat ...

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El Paso Students ‘Get Hip’ with Health and Wellness



In the predominantly Latino city of El Paso, Texas, kids are priority No. 1 thanks to a community-school partnership that prioritizes physical activity and health for children. The El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) created and its Get HIP Now program to provide elementary- and middle-school students with integrated school health programming, alongside before- and after-school physical activity. EMERGENCE Awareness: As early as 2005, leaders at the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), an 83% Latino school district in El Paso, Texas, were becoming aware of student obesity issues. It seemed obvious that students could benefit from improvements to physical activity programing, according to John Adams, a P.E. instructor at the time who would eventually become the ...

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