Children, Youth & Families Council News
Creating the Healthiest Children in America
California AHPERD invites you to attend the California Congress on Creating the Healthiest Children in America, March 10-13, 2011, in Monterey, California. We'll identify the factors required to make California's children the healthiest in America within the next five years. Help us determine what California agencies and partners need to do to make that goal a reality! All national AAHPERD members can attend at the CAHPERD member rate. More information.
Competitive Nationwide Funding Initiative Supports School Wellness Program
Fuel Up to Play 60 announces a new nationwide funding initiative for K-12 schools enrolled in the school wellness program. Eligible schools can apply for up to $3,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. More.
Good Physical Fitness = Good Academic Scores
As teachers and students head back to school, a supplement to the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) presents key findings and issues associated with the statewide assessment of youth fitness in Texas. The supplement, "Texas Youth Fitness Study," provides an in-depth analysis and evaluation of data collected through the state-mandated health-related fitness testing of all public school children in Texas in grades 3 through 12. Read more.
Got Outdoor Play?
The National Wildlife Federation has published a report that reveals how spending too much time indoors affects our physical and mental health. Reviewed by an independent panel of medical experts, Whole Child explores how regular, unstructured outdoor play can boost the health of a child's mind, body, and spirit. Besides obesity, Whole Child highlights the rising rates of childhood diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, asthma, and vision problems, all of which can be tempered with adequate outdoor time. Whole Child includes recommendations for caregivers, healthcare providers, educators, and leaders so that together they can change America's indoor habits.