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Encouraging Movement in Your Instruction

According to recent research, one in three kids in our country is overweight. Obesity is paired with heightened risk for health problems. This includes heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, and other problems related to cardiovascular disease. Along with this, obesity can affect children's cognitive progression. Since kids spent much of their day at school, this is the perfect spot for children to become healthier and more active.
A Collection By Kelly Flynn
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Encouraging Movement in Your Instruction
  • Walkabouts

    Website
    activedinc.com
    activedinc.com
    Kelly Flynn says:
    Walkabouts, designed by a team from ActivEd, review math and literacy topics to younger students using short, movement-based, educational online activities. Through videos to be projected in classrooms, students participate in physical activity as they learn key educational skills. What a great way to encourage kids to be more active as they learn. I watched one of the videos myself and was thoroughly impressed with the material covered and the movement initiated through the video.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Here’s a collection of 32 fun and energizing brain breaks videos for kids. Routine brain breaks heighten attentiveness, concentration and focus. By giving children time to release energy and stress, their learning can be amplified. Brain breaks also amplify physical fitness and coordination.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    This is a great article showing the correlation between physical activity and academic achievement. While it can be a quick read, it offers several research studies that illustrate this correlation plus it provides links to other helpful resources on this topic.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Started by First Lady, Michelle Obama, Let’s Move! was created to increase opportunities for kids to be physically active, both in and out of school and to create new opportunities for families to move together. This initiative aims to put children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest years. There are a variety of resources and materials available for schools and families to discover at Let's Move.
  • GetFitTn

    Website
    getfit.tn.gov
    getfit.tn.gov
    Kelly Flynn says:
    The teacher section of GetFitTN has great resources to incorporate into your instruction. It has lesson ideas, teaching tools, and short videos on topics such as eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, exercising every day and dealing with all the pressures of life. The site is easy to navigate and you can quickly find a healthy idea to bring into your classroom.
  • GoNoodle

    Website
    gonoodle.com
    gonoodle.com
    Kelly Flynn says:
    GoNoodle introduces movement as a game and encourages students to be active in a silly and fun way. Teachers have free access to hundreds of custom-made videos through this site. Kids are prompted to run, jump, dance, stretch, and even meditate. The videos are short and can be easily played during transitions or indoor recess.
  • activelivingresearch.org
    activelivingresearch.org

    Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance

    Article
    Kelly Flynn says:
    This article presents recent research on the connection between regular physical activity and improved learning. The review is an easy read and presents the data in a clear, succinct way. I recommend reading it if considering amping up the physical activity in your classroom.
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BloomBoard Asks:How much emphasis does your school or your classroom place on promoting healthy, active lifestyles?