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Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop physical fitness and health.

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  • Teacher and students playing with parachute outside

    Building School Community Through Physical Activity

    Physical activity provides an opportunity to build character, use teamwork, and foster a sense of belonging in schools.
    Eric Nelson
  • A teacher and students in starting position to sprint

    5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving

    Use these games to engage even the students who don’t usually like to run.
  • The Social and Academic Benefits of Team Sports

    Team sports are about so much more than their physical benefits. This is especially so when group sports activities are incorporated into a young person’s life.
  • Boy kicking a soccer ball outside while wearing a mask

    How to Keep Physical Education Fun and Safe for Elementary Students

    A few inexpensive items and strict rules about Covid-19 protocols can allow schools to give students proper PE whether they’re in hybrid or remote learning.
  • A group of elementary students playing with a colorful parachute during PE

    SEL Skill Development During Recess and PE

    Focus, emotion regulation, and goal setting are social and emotional learning skills that teachers can address during recess and PE.
  • Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

    Incorporating exercise and movement throughout the school day makes students less fidgety and more focused on learning.
  • Three teenage students in a classroom, standing side by side, are holding another student and giving a thumbs up.

    Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

    Start class with improv exercises to get students laughing together, demonstrate the rewards of risk-taking and failure, and model a listening, supportive environment.
  • Using Athletics to Teach Social and Emotional Skills

    Using Athletics to Teach Social and Emotional Skills

    Sports can be a powerful way for young people to build self-regulation skills, set goals, and develop confidence—and physical activity develops brain architecture.
  • A teenage female in a pink t-shirt, black exercise pants, and purple tennis shoes is lying on the grass with her legs raised straight up and her hands reaching towards her feet.

    Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too

    Strength training, regular exercise, better rest, and enjoying all of this activity makes you fit, alert, and positive for the physically demanding job of teaching.
  • Kinesthetic Learning: Moving Toward a New Model for Education

    Kinesthetic learning, especially for middle school girls, connects the act of acquiring knowledge with physical movement, breaking through the barriers of self-image and perceived limitations.
  • Students completing an obstacle course in gym class

    Tough Mudder Goes to the Gym

    Engage all students in gym by updating the old familiar obstacle course. Plus, you can include discussions on growth mindset.
  • A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

    Along with physical strength, a little exercise helps kids build brainpower.
  • Using Technology to Teach Health and Wellness

    Blogger Mary Beth Hertz offers a selection of websites, games and apps that can help teach students about health and wellness.
  • Photo of fruit and vegetable medley

    National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for Teachers

    Explore some of the best teaching resources for National Nutrition Month in March.

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