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Physical Education

Dodgeball Has No Place in Our Schools

Ken Reed | Posted 07.07.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

A top-notch physical education program is about meeting the needs of all students, not just the athletically inclined. It's about getting kids active today and excited about the lifetime benefits of health and wellness. It means emphasizing fitness and physical well-being, not team sports.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

Tax a Cola, Improve Life for San Francisco's Children

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.02.2014 | Food
Jeff Ritterman, MD

In San Francisco, the communities with the highest hospitalization rates for type-2 diabetes are the same communities with the highest rates of soda consumption. Type-2 diabetes is far more costly and far more regressive than any soda tax ever could be.

It's a Balancing Act

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

The issue of brain hemisphere dominance is still being argued among the scientific community, but there is one thing that everyone agrees on: It's ...

It's Decision Time: What Kind of Sports Do We Want?

Ken Reed | Posted 01.27.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

On several occasions, people have asked me, "Why are you so angry about what's going on in sports?" My response is always, "Why aren't you angry?"

On College Athletics

Joseph Urgo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Joseph Urgo

As an educator, nothing thrills me more than to see students expressing their knowledge in creative ways, performing or displaying their artistic craft or competing in an athletic contest for which they have spent hours in preparation.

Awkward Moments With Hugh Jackman

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.07.2013 | Celebrity

An elephant never forgets, and apparently neither does Hugh Jackman. On the red (well, green to be precise) carpet at the Zurich Film Festival in ...

A Healthy Dose of Education

Gov. Jack Markell | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Gov. Jack Markell

While childhood obesity increases, many of our youth have don't have enough opportunities to be physically active.

How Innovative Physical Education Programs Can Help Kids

Reuters | Posted 11.02.2013 | Parents

By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Physical education in the United States has come a long way since the one-size-fits...

Physical Education Trend Must Be Reversed

Ken Reed | Posted 10.31.2013 | Sports
Ken Reed

It's mind-boggling that at a time when overweight and obesity levels are sky high among our young people, and physical activity levels are down, our schools are cutting physical education classes, recess and intramural sports programs.

Our Children's Health: A Focus on Physical Fitness

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Food and exercise go hand and hand, both in need of alignment with one another for an overall healthy life. With a month left of summer there is still time to get outside, play, explore, and most importantly, have FUN!

Let's Move More Than Our Lips!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This time, let's prove we aren't all talk and no action. This time, let's demonstrate we aren't hypocrites. This time, let's prove we really are a nation of loving parents and grandparents, concerned and responsible adults. This time, let's move more than our lips.

Physical Education Should Become A Core School Subject, Recommends Report

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 05.23.2013 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON -- Reading, writing, arithmetic – and PE? The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities f...

What I'll Never Forget About My '70s Gym Class

Tom Cramer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I believe the proper term is physical education, but in 1970s Chicago it was called gym class or simply gym.

The Real Madness of Sports Culture

Eliza Byard | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliza Byard

How is it possible that behavior that could lead to arrest in public is tolerated within the culture of sports? How is it that violently homophobic language is decried in school communities yet excused in the private world of teams?

The Rising Threat of Childhood Obesity

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

As the mother of a high school student, I know how hard it can be to get teenagers to reach for wholesome snacks instead of junk food. Yet I also believe that judicious government interventions can tweak our environment in ways that make it easier to eat healthier food and get out and move.

Study Highlights Secret Weapon To Save Kids From Stress

Posted 03.11.2013 | Parents

Getting your kids out on the soccer field or in the swimming pool may have more far-reaching benefits than just keeping them in good physical shape, a...

Hey, It's OK If You Hate Gym Class

Posted 03.03.2013 | Teen

High school can be really stressful -- to say the least. Our weekly "Hey, It's OK!" series is here to remind you of all things you SHOULDN'T be worrie...

Tackling Name Calling On The School Field (VIDEO)

Eliza Byard | Posted 03.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliza Byard

Megan Rapinoe represents what is possible when LGBT athletes are supported and respected, but it's heartbreaking to think of the potential excellence still being wasted by fear, and the barriers that that fear poses to the health of students who would rather skip school than go to gym.

Majority Of States Have Loopholes That Let Kids Get Out Of Gym Class

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

A report by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Heart Association has found that while nearly 75 percent of sta...

NYC Parents Angry After School Cuts Gym Class

Posted 10.15.2012 | Education

Parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Brooklyn’s PS 224 are angry that their children have gone without gym class since the begin...

The Kids Are Outside (Alright!): The Importance of Physical Education to a Mom

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

The Wii, the iPod, the iPad, the laptop, Cartoon Network... I couldn't be happier that school finally started and their school stresses a curriculum of physical education three times per week.

POLL: What Was Your Least Favorite Subject In School?

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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45 Minutes Of This Can Help Your Kids Do Better In School

Posted 07.25.2012 | Black Voices

The health benefits of physical activity go without saying, and research continues to show that even small amounts can help. For African-American chil...

Table Talk: Cutting Physical Education

Posted 07.20.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: A recent study of American physical education policy revealed some ...