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Fishers kids swap chairs for exercise balls

Fishers kids swap chairs for exercise balls | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Angelika Thompson's fourth-grade students at Fishers Elementary School will have to balance their bodies along with their studies when they start the new school year on Aug. 15.

"A study at the Mayo Clinic supports chairless classrooms, saying that exercise balls improve students' posture and muscle strength. Students also can burn off excess energy. And their concentration may improve."

I definitely support this idea and would love to use it in my classroom if it works as well as they claim and I could get the funding...

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Junk Food, TV-Watching Linked Among Teens | MyHealthNewsDaily.com

Junk Food, TV-Watching Linked Among Teens | MyHealthNewsDaily.com | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Kids who watch a lot of television tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables and more junk food, a new study says.

"Television-watching among children has previously been linked with eating more junk food and less fruits and vegetables, but the new study is the first national, large sample of teens in the U.S."

"On average, students watched an estimated 2.4 hours of television per day, and devoted 2.8 hours a day to computer time, similar to previous studies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting all screen time to less than two hours per day."

Reduce screen time, get more physical activity, and eat healthier.

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Math Performance Linked to Child's Weight, Study Finds

Math Performance Linked to Child's Weight, Study Finds | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Education Week news producer Bryan Toporek brings you K-12 sports coverage that reaches far beyond box scores.

"Researchers discovered that both boys and girls who were persistently obese throughout their K-5 years performed significantly worse on math tests than their peers of healthy weight in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades"

"The findings illustrate the complexity of relations among children's weight status, social and emotional well-being, academics, and time"

Veryyy interesting

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The ABCs of Beating Obesity

The ABCs of Beating Obesity | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Obesity is so entrenched in the U.S. that it will take an intense push by schools, employers, doctors and others to reverse an epidemic that accounts for billions of dollars in annual health-care costs.

"Schools, in particular, should be a "national focal point" for obesity prevention, because children spend up to half their waking hours and consume as many as half their daily calories there, the report said."

I agree!   We need healthier lunches and more physical activity in school.

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