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News and Highlights from ROCK
Make the Grade with School Breakfast - National School Breakfast Week is March 2 - 6 • Celebrating Progress, Accelerating Change • Prepare to be Marketed to - FNV • Personal Health Investment Today Act • Sports for All, Play for Life • Energy Drink Consumption • Teens and Sleep • Live, Work, Move Seminole 5k and Health & Fitness Expo • Manatee Elementary Thinga-Ma-Jogger 5k Run and Walk • Read for Florida Agriculture Literacy Day April 21 • Free School Garden Curriculum Available to Florida Teachers • Summer School Garden Workshop in Apopka • Strengthening the Commitment: Helping All Kids Grow Up at a Healthy Weight • America Walks: Lessons from the Experts - 10 First Steps Toward Walkability • Florida Agriculture in the Classroom's Volunteer Grants • Golden Shovel Awards • The Community Tool Box Out of the Box Prize 2015 • Florida Healthy District Self Assessment Application is Open
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PHIT America Foundation
If you are searching for some financial ‘relief’ from the soaring costs of keeping your child busy playing sports, ask Congress to pass the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act – today! - See more at: http://www.phitamerica.org/News_Archive/Want__2000.htm#sthash.W4H9Ua19.dpuf
If you are searching for some financial ‘relief’ from the soaring costs of keeping your child busy playing sports, ask Congress to pass the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act – today! A recent story in the New York Times indicated the large amount of money that parents are currently paying to keep their children busy playing sports, often on ‘travel/all-star’ teams, in pursuit of college athletic scholarships.
Save the Date
November 15 - 17, 2015
9th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Together, these states join forces to fight obesity.
Orange County Parents Fight for Recess
January 14, 2015
Should elementary schools have recess? Some Florida parents fight for break
Some Florida parents are fighting for their child’s right to recess. Twenty-three elementary schools in Orange County, Florida, have been cutting back on recess, and even canceling it altogether to maximize class time. In a recent Orange County School Board meeting, parents asked that recess time be enforced in all local schools for all students.
January 13, 2015
Orange will urge elementary principals to add recess
Laren Roth at Orlando Sentinel
More than 50 parents and children urged the Orange County School Board on Tuesday to set a districtwide policy requiring recess in elementary schools. But neither the board nor the superintendent was ready to make that move, citing the academic pressures students and teachers face. Parents said those pressures make play even more important.
Interested in learning more about the benefits of recess and physical activity? Check out these resources:
Recess for Learning
Action For Healthy Kids
How Parents can advocate for recess (plus has some links to other good sites)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends that schools provide 20 minutes of recess per day. Yet, up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess in order to free up more time for academics. Scaling back recess comes at a cost to learning. Research has shown that recess helps students to focus and learn better. It’s time for education policymakers to take play seriously and enhance recess to improve learning and school climate – and parents can help.
Read Results (PDF 763 KB)
The State of Play - Gallup Survey of Principals on School Recess
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Class size. Standardized testing. The three R’s. When most people talk about how to improve education, they tend to focus only on what happens in the classroom. But the most unexpected opportunity to boost learning lies outside the classroom: on the playground at recess.
Read Results (PDF 1.3 MB)
The Learning Connection
Action For Healthy Kids
Highlights the relationship between physical activity and academic performance
The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn demonstrates that physical activity supports academic achievement, well-nourished kids learn better and that healthier practices in schools can increase school revenue. The easy-to-read special report, released in 2013, is a roadmap for parents, educators, school administrators and school volunteers to create healthier school environments so the kids in their lives are better positioned to learn. It's a follow-up to Action for Healthy Kids' landmark 2004 report, The Learning Connection: The Value of Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity in Our Schools.
ROCK Receives Mention as Successful Partnership in Study
University of Kentucky College of Public Health In Conjunction with Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies, Inc.
Models of Collaboration Involving Hospitals, Public Health Departments, and Others Improving Community Health through Successful Partnerships A multi-disciplinary team based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health has "recently completed a national study of successful partnerships between hospitals, public health departments, and other stakeholders, focused on assessing and improving the health of communities they jointly serve. The study, sought to identify highly-successful partnerships, examine those relationships, and ascertain key lessons learned from their collective experiences."
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