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Research shows that active kids are more successful in the classroom. However, current physical education standards vary from state to state, and many policies are broad, resulting in some students not getting what they need to succeed. While 48 states have adopted some sort of legislation or guidance for physical education, 31 states allow substitutions for physical education class time or credit.
In September, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation published the 2018 list of America’s Healthiest Schools, featuring 461 schools from 26 states and the District of Columbia. One of these schools, Irving Elementary in Illinois’ Berwyn South School District 100, benefits from a strong district wellness policy and a commitment to keeping kids active and eating healthy before, during and after school. We asked Phillip Depa, Irving’s physical education teacher and District 100’s health and wellness coordinator, to reflect on the district’s policy and practices that led to all eight of District 100’s schools being named to the list of “America’s Healthiest Schools”.
Breaking news from Milwaukee, WI! The City of Milwaukee has passed a complete streets policy that will help make streets safer for people walking, taking transit, biking or driving!
Do you live in Wyoming, are in commute distance of the State Capital, and are looking for a job? The American Heart Association is hiring for a Wyoming State Government Relations Director.
New research by Dr. Amy Lubitow, Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University, sheds light on the barriers to utilitarian biking for marginalized people in Portland, Oregon.