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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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Obesity promote lifelong wellness.

is a big problem.

SPARK is here to help!


Spark background
SPARK promote lifelong wellness.Background

  • 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 Programs promote lifelong wellness.


Spark is about moving and learning
SPARK promote lifelong wellness.Is About Moving and Learning

Time to Pata Pata!


PE and PA promote lifelong wellness.“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


Hall of Shame promote lifelong wellness.

  • 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.. promote lifelong wellness.

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!


MVPA Today promote lifelong wellness.

MVPA is on the decline!


Healthy People 2010 Goals for Youth Physical Activity promote lifelong wellness.

  • Objectives for physical activity in youth:

  • Moderate physical activity

  • Vigorous physical activity

  • Provide daily school physical education

  • PE classes that are highly active


How promote lifelong wellness.Much 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)


  • Increase MVPA Minutes? promote lifelong wellness.Three Strategies…


    1. Talk Less promote lifelong wellness.

    • Object is… do that by…

    • 80-20 Rule

    • Be a plumber - fix the leaks!


    2. Differentiate and Disguise promote lifelong wellness.

    • Empower students with choices, levels

    • Disguise the fitness element


    3. Think MVPA promote lifelong wellness.

    • Watch for it

    • Change what you’re doing to

    • achieve it

    • Stopwatch strategy


    Each Program Provides… promote lifelong wellness.

    • Curriculum

    • Training

    • Follow-Up

    • Equipment

    SPARK Works!

    SPARK Lasts!


    SPARK Lesson Plans promote lifelong wellness.

    • Teacher Friendly

    • Minimum Prep

    • Standards-Based

    • Field-Tested


    Yearly Plans promote lifelong wellness.


    Unit Plans promote lifelong wellness.


    SPARK Workshops promote lifelong wellness.

    Inspirational, motivating, effective!


    SPARK Equipment promote lifelong wellness.

    Matched to SPARK content

    And Age-Appropriate


    CDC Coordinated School Health Model promote lifelong wellness.


    Healthy School Environment promote lifelong wellness.


    Nutrition promote lifelong wellness.

    • 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.


    Why Staff Wellness? promote lifelong wellness.

    • Lets focus on

    • Nutrition

    • Physical Activity

    • Stress Management


    Health Education promote lifelong wellness.

    • 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


    FREE SPARK RESOURCES FOR YOU! promote lifelong wellness.


    And more spark
    promote lifelong wellness.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 promote lifelong wellness.

    • Password accessible website

    • Videoclips

    • Standards alignment tools

    • E-textbook capability

    • SPARKlights


    Contact me for
    Contact me for… promote lifelong wellness.

    • 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 Choose promote lifelong wellness.a 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 Choose promote lifelong wellness.a 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, promote lifelong wellness.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!


    In Closing; a Thought to Live By… promote lifelong wellness.

    “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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