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Recess redress: The importance of play in education

Ask any child what his or her favorite subject is in school, and most will say recess. Yet a recent Gallup poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess to focus more on academics....

source: By Suzanne Mason
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For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally. Sixteen percent of adult New...

source: The Associated Press via WNYW-TV

Increasing physical activity is an important factor in public health and education. In recent years there...

source: The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

At one Massachusetts elementary school, a budget choice came down to art teachers or security guards. Principal Andrew Bott decided to reinvest the money used for security guards and instead offer arts education. In storage areas meant for artistic instruction, boxes were...

source: Crossville Chronicle

Lunch tables were folded up and pushed to the side at East Elmhurt, New York's P.S. 148 recently as nearly 20 pairs of feet stepped and shimmied along to bachata and reggaeton music, led by enthusiastic instructors who shout out encouragement and instructions in Spanish....

source: DNAInfo New York

At Boulder, Colorado's Fairview High School, gym class feels a lot like a trip to the rec center. Students are free to choose where and how they complete the day's workout. The class, called "PE by Choice," represents Fairview's attempt to remake its physical education program...

source: Chalkbeat Colorado

Wait, you might not want to cut physical education from the school curriculum just yet. A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois found that twenty minutes of brisk walking or jogging on treadmills helped children with ADHD become better students. The researchers...

source: Psychology Today


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