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activity for healthy kids challenges opportunities

Activity For Healthy Kids: Challenges & Opportunities

Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky Workshop

September 25 & October 22, 2002

Jim Tackett

“A healthy school is one that integrates community, family, and schools to provide for students a positive continuum of intellectual, physical, social and emotional development on which to base lifelong decisions.”

NASBE Healthy Schools Network

setting the scene in the u s
Setting the Scene in the U.S.
  • The percentage of overweight U.S. children has nearly doubled in the past 20 years.
  • 69% of young adolescents reported regular participation in vigorous physical activity while only 38% of youth ages 18-21 engaged in like behavior.
  • Daily enrollment in physical education classes dropped from 42% to 29% from 1991 to 1999.

Centers for Disease Control, 2002

setting the scene in kentucky
Setting the Scene in Kentucky
  • In the past week, 59% of high school students participated in vigorous physical activity for at least 20 minutes on at least three day of the past week.
  • Nearly 25% of high school students participated in a physical education at least once per week.
  • Approximately 30% of students spent 20 minutes or longer actually exercising in high school physical education class.
  • On an average day, nearly 19% of high school students watched four or more hours of television.

2001 KY YRBS

current challenges to physical activity
Current Challenges to Physical Activity
  • Shrinking budgets
  • Time constraints
  • Accountability importance
  • Equipment and facility demands
  • Teacher comfort
  • “Active” role models
  • “Old” stereotypes vs. “New” research
  • Personnel limitations

Every study shows that children are more attentive after recess –

  • as the kids would say, “Well, duh!”
          • Tony Pellegrini
current opportunities in physical activity
Current Opportunities in Physical Activity
  • Available funding
  • Current research
  • Curriculum standards
  • State support
  • Collaboration
  • Resources
web resources
Web Resources
  • Kentucky Department of Education

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

  • American School Health Association

  • National School Boards Association

  • National Association of State Boards of Education

  • KDE Health & Physical Education consultant

Connie Shackelford [email protected]

  • Regional Cardiovascular Health Coordinators

Renee White [email protected]

Jennifer Embry [email protected]

Joyce Swetlick [email protected]

Jim Tackett [email protected]

“After all of the arguments have been made for one side or the other, it gets down to one thing: movement is about living and living is about learning.”

Eric Jensen