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Activity For Healthy Kids: Challenges & Opportunities. Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky Workshop September 25 & October 22, 2002 Jim Tackett.

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Activity For Healthy Kids: Challenges & Opportunities

Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky Workshop

September 25 & October 22, 2002

Jim Tackett


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“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


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Setting the Scene in the U.S. family, and schools to provide for students a positive continuum of intellectual, physical, social and emotional development on which to base lifelong decisions.”

  • 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


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Setting the Scene in Kentucky family, and schools to provide for students a positive continuum of intellectual, physical, social and emotional development on which to base lifelong decisions.”

  • 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


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Current Challenges to Physical Activity family, and schools to provide for students a positive continuum of intellectual, physical, social and emotional development on which to base lifelong decisions.”

  • Shrinking budgets

  • Time constraints

  • Accountability importance

  • Equipment and facility demands

  • Teacher comfort

  • “Active” role models

  • “Old” stereotypes vs. “New” research

  • Personnel limitations


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Current Opportunities in Physical Activity recess –

  • Available funding

  • Current research

  • Curriculum standards

  • State support

  • Collaboration

  • Resources


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Resources recess –


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Web Resources recess –

  • Kentucky Department of Education

    www.kentuckyschools.org

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

    www.cdc.gov

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

    http://www.aahperd.org

  • American School Health Association

    http://www.ashaweb.org

  • National School Boards Association

    http://www.nsba.org

  • National Association of State Boards of Education

    www.nasbe.org


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Resources recess –

  • KDE Health & Physical Education consultant

    Connie Shackelford cshackel@kde.state.ky.us

  • Regional Cardiovascular Health Coordinators

    Renee White rwhite@kde.state.ky.us

    Jennifer Embry jembry@kde.state.ky.us

    Joyce Swetlick jswetlic@kde.state.ky.us

    Jim Tackett jtackett@kde.state.ky.us


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“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