Head Back to School with NCCOR during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 1, 2021

This September, NCCOR will recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM) by featuring our best academic resources. Whether you are a graduate student, professor, or K-12 teacher, NCCOR can support your work this upcoming school year. Elementary, middle, and high school teachers, visit the NCCOR website when you need to: Plan a class or program […]

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NCCOR at SHAPE America National Convention & Expo March 20–24, 2018

March 16, 2018

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) will feature the recently released Youth Compendium of Physical Activities at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America National Convention & Expo March 20–24, 2018, in Nashville, TN. The SHAPE America convention brings together 5,000 professionals to share the latest research and innovations related to health […]

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Put the physical in education

October 17, 2014

By Gretchen Reynolds When confronted with an overly active child, many exasperated teachers and parents respond the same way: “Sit still!” It might be more effective, though, to encourage the child to run. Recent research suggests that even small amounts of exercise enable children to improve their focus and academic performance. By now it’s well […]

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IOM to host webinar about increasing physical activity and physical education in schools

April 23, 2014

Almost one year ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, which offered recommendations, strategies, and action steps that have potential to increase children’s opportunities to engage in physical activity at school, including before, during, and after school. However, many barriers exist […]

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How cutting physical education in schools could hurt grades

September 24, 2013

By Alexandra Sifferlin While gym class may seem like an extraneous part of an academic program, getting aerobic exercise can help students to learn and remember more. A small study of 48 students between the ages 9 and 10 showed that those with higher levels of physical fitness performed better on mental tests. The researchers from the University […]

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CDC report shows progress in school health practices

August 28, 2013

By Allie Bidwell Over the last several years, more schools nationwide have begun implementing nutrition and health policies and requiring physical education programs, according to a report released Aug. 26 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC reported that more schools are cracking down on the types of companies that can advertise on school […]

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Future of fitness: St. Paul school at forefront of measuring student health

May 9, 2013

By Mila Koumpilova Carolyn Will once got stomachaches as she braced for the annual Presidential Physical Fitness Test, the decades-old staple of gym class. But her son, a fourth-grader at St. Thomas More Catholic School in St. Paul, looks forward to the test: He logs in sit-ups at home and coaches his cousin on proper sprinting […]

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After years of recess erosion, schools try to get kids moving again

March 28, 2013

By Liz Goodwin At 9:30 a.m. sharp on a Tuesday morning, all 1,200 elementary school students at PS 166 in Queens, N.Y. stood up and began doing jumping jacks in unison with a Beatles song blaring over the loudspeaker. In Ms. Dianna Chappell’s third grade class, some kids began panting near the end of the […]

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Gym class isn’t just fun and games anymore

February 25, 2013

By Montoko Rich On a recent afternoon, the third-graders in Sharon Patelsky’s class reviewed words like “acronym,” “clockwise,” and “descending,” as well as math concepts like greater than, less than, and place values. During gym class. Ms. Patelsky, the physical education teacher at Everglades Elementary School here, instructed the students to count by fours as […]

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Study calls for daily P.E. classes

January 30, 2013

By Ann Schimke A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that instituting daily physical education classes for children would boost moderate to vigorous physical activity by 23 minutes a day, more than one-third of the 60 minutes recommended by federal guidelines. The study, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, assessed a variety of policy […]

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