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SPARK creates, implements, and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness. Obesity is a big problem. SPARK is here to help!. SPARK Background. Originally funded in 1989 by Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of N.I.H. SPARK is the conduit that moves research to practice

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Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

SPARK creates, implements, and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness.


Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

Obesity

is a big problem.

SPARK is here to help!


Spark background

SPARKBackground

  • Originally funded in 1989 by Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of N.I.H.

  • SPARK is the conduit that moves research to practice

  • Over 40 publications proving SPARK programs work and last!

    “Children are our most valuable natural resource.”

    Herbert Hoover


Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

SPARK Programs


Spark is about moving and learning

SPARKIs About Moving and Learning

Time to Pata Pata!


Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

PE and PA “Hall of Shame”

  • Being “picked” for “teams”

  • Sitting on roll call numbers

  • Standing in lines waiting a turn

  • Relays and elimination activities

  • Fitness as punishment

  • Focus on star athletes

  • Sharing 1 ball with 45 close friends

  • Using people for target practice


Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

Hall of Shame

  • Being picked last for teams

  • Standing in lines waiting for a turn

  • Fitness as punishment

  • Focus on star athletes

  • Grouping by gender

  • Sharing 1 ball with 30 close friends

  • Big people throwing balls at little people

  • Relay races

  • Elimination games

  • Inappropriate-sized equipment

These things DO NOT happenin SPARK!


New pe is about outcomes

New PE is About Outcomes..

Students Receiving SPARK PE Improved:

  • Activity levels: over 50% of class time

  • Physical fitness scores

  • Sport skills (throw, catch, kick)

  • Enjoyment of PE

  • Activity levels away from school

  • Scores on academic tests

  • Teachers improve PE quantity and quality

  • SPARK lasts!


Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

MVPA Today

MVPA is on the decline!


Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

Healthy People 2010 Goals for Youth Physical Activity

  • Objectives for physical activity in youth:

  • Moderate physical activity

  • Vigorous physical activity

  • Provide daily school physical education

  • PE classes that are highly active


Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

HowMuch MVPA in PE Classes?

  • The Goal = 50%*

  • The Usual = 36%**

  • *Healthy People 2010 Goal

  • **Catch and NICHD baselines = 36% MVPA

  • (900 schools, 3rd grade: McKenzie 1995; Nader, 2003)

  • **TAAG Baseline = 37% MVPA

  • (36 middle schools, 6 states, McKenzie et al, MSSE, 2006)


  • Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    Increase MVPA Minutes? Three Strategies…


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    1. Talk Less

    • Object is… do that by…

    • 80-20 Rule

    • Be a plumber - fix the leaks!


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    2. Differentiate and Disguise

    • Empower students with choices, levels

    • Disguise the fitness element


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    3. Think MVPA

    • Watch for it

    • Change what you’re doing to

    • achieve it

    • Stopwatch strategy


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    Each Program Provides…

    • Curriculum

    • Training

    • Follow-Up

    • Equipment

    SPARK Works!

    SPARK Lasts!


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    SPARK Lesson Plans

    • Teacher Friendly

    • Minimum Prep

    • Standards-Based

    • Field-Tested


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    Yearly Plans


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    Unit Plans


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    SPARK Workshops

    Inspirational, motivating, effective!


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    SPARK Equipment

    Matched to SPARK content

    And Age-Appropriate


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    CDC Coordinated School Health Model


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    Healthy School Environment


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    Nutrition

    • We are pleased to offer The OrganWise Guys® Pre-K/K – 5 award-winning, science-based curriculum to develop an approach to the prevention of childhood obesity.

      • Custom Professional Development

        • Educators learn the OrganWise Guys curriculum and focus on integrating components into the overall education

        • Food-services learn how to create an environment that supports healthy lifestyle, food, and beverage choices.


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    Why Staff Wellness?

    • Lets focus on

    • Nutrition

    • Physical Activity

    • Stress Management


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    Health Education

    • The Healthy Lifestyle Choices program (HLC) meets all 7 of the National Health Education Standards.

      • Core Subject Integration

      • Includes Assessment tools

    • HLC provides FREE online training

    • and web-based resources for teachers.

      • Life Skills

      • Conflict Resolution

      • Nutrition

      • Substance Abuse Prevention

      • Safety

      • Fitness


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    FREE SPARK RESOURCES FOR YOU!


    And more spark

    …And More SPARK

    • On-Site Consultation Models

    • Booster workshops

    • Institutes in each program

      • 2 full days each

      • Spring and Summer

    • Train the Trainer Model


    Coming soon

    Coming Soon

    • Password accessible website

    • Videoclips

    • Standards alignment tools

    • E-textbook capability

    • SPARKlights


    Contact me for

    Contact me for…

    • Free grant development services

    • Free webinars and newsletter registration

    • Free consultations

    • Free program and/or equipment quotes

      Ellen Ormsby – East Coast Program Consultant

      By phone – 443.995.9011

      By email - [email protected]


    Great reasons to choose a spark program

    Great Reasons to Choosea SPARK Program

    • SPARK content and instruction give teachers tools to align with their state/district/national PE standards!

    • Proven effective in research

    • Cited in the U.S. Surgeon General’s report

    • Awarded “Exemplary Program” of the U.S. Departmentof Education, 1993

    • Received “Governor’s Commendation” award from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 1993


    Great reasons to choose a spark program1

    Great Reasons to Choosea SPARK Program

    • Over 100,000 (teachers) served!

    • The only research-based, nationally disseminated program Pre-K through 12th gr., in and out of school

    • In 2005, SPARK was awarded “Gold” status for BOTH elementary and middle school programs by a Cooper Institute study in 2005

    • Twelve SPARK schools have won awards for their physical education programs!

    • Leading University’s use SPARK as part of their curriculum!


    Financial strength organizational capacity

    Financial Strength,Organizational Capacity

    • 810 workshops conducted, plus7 Institutes

    • Trained 25,000+ teachers

    • Effected over 1 million students

    • 50+ conference presentations

    • 60+ staff with international reach

    Not since 1989; all this last fiscal!


    Spark creates implements and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness

    In Closing; a Thought to Live By…

    “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth becomes useless, and reason becomes powerless.”

    Herophilus, 300 B.C.


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