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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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This year was PE teacher Kellie Kieren's third Jump Rope for Heart campaign with her first- through eighth-grade students at Michigan's North Park Montessori. It's a cause for which she has willingly taught in a pink princess dress for...

source: School News Network

The brains of children who are obese function differently from those of children of healthy weight, and exhibit an "imbalance" between food-seeking and food-avoiding behaviors, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found. Diet and exercise may not be enough...

source: Vanderbilt University Medical Center via ScienceDaily

SHAPE America President Steve Jefferies proudly announces the 2016 award winners who will be recognized at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, April 5-9 in Minneapolis. These outstanding individuals will be honored at several different functions during the week-long...

source: SHAPE America

February is American Heart Month and it's the ideal time to build more awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy heart, starting in early childhood. Download SHAPE America's new activities for your Heart Month and Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart events, plus...

source: SHAPE America

For more than 700 children in California's South Bay Union School District, the ballroom dance lessons they take during recess are teaching them much more than fancy footwork. They’re learning self-confidence, etiquette, poise and how to communicate without speaking.

source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sean Varner long tried to hide his love of dance from his peers. But over time, he's found a close group of friends who like him for who he is, and continues to use dance as a physical, emotional and creative outlet.

source: PBS Newshour

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