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Fresh air, exercise and a dose of learning

Fresh air, exercise and a dose of learning | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
A growing program called The Walking Classroom allows Colorado students to listen to podcasts on standards-aligned academic content while taking […]
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How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains

How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you can substantially improve their ability to think.
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Colorado second in nation for growth of school breakfast participation

Colorado second in nation for growth of school breakfast participation | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
More outreach touting the benefits of students having full tummies in the morning and a jump-start on a new state law pushed Colorado to rank second in the nation for growth in participation of the School Breakfast Program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Statistics the federal program released in January show that between fiscal years 2008 and 2013, Colorado saw average annual growth of 9.8 percent. That's more than double the national average of 4 percent a year and just below the top-ranking Washington, D.C., which had 11.2 percent average annual growth. The numbers in Colorado are significant, said Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for the USDA's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.
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Tools for Schools - Action for Healthy Kids

Tools for Schools - Action for Healthy Kids | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Resources for wellness policy help, tools to create change in schools, and programs to create healthy schools including school grant opportunities, Game On, Fuel Up to Play 60, and Students Taking Charge.
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Elementary Schools Raise Funds Through Fitness, Not Food

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Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School - Institute of Medicine

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Fit children perform better in school - Health - CBC News

Fit children perform better in school - Health - CBC News | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Schools with fitter children achieve better literacy and numeracy results, according to Australian research.
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Pediatricians: Recess 'Crucial' for Kids

Pediatricians: Recess 'Crucial' for Kids | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Kids aren't getting enough recess at school, the country's top pediatricians' group said in a policy statement issued Monday.
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Daily P.E. Could Increase Youth Physical Activity by 23 Minutes per Day, According to New Study | Active Living Research

Daily P.E. Could Increase Youth Physical Activity by 23 Minutes per Day, According to New Study | Active Living Research | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
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Go, Slow, Whoa

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LiveWell Colorado, KMGH Channel 7, and Aurora Public Schools have partnered on a program focused on improving children’s healthy eating.
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The Sad State of American Kids’ Food Environments | Healthland | TIME.com

The Sad State of American Kids’ Food Environments | Healthland | TIME.com | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Nearly half of all American children and teens are overweight or obese, according to government statistics, and a large part of the problem may be lack of access to healthy foods in kids' environments.
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Breakfast comes to the classroom

Breakfast comes to the classroom | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
CNN’s Schools of Thought blog covers education from a variety of perspectives that include policies, practices and people.
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St. Vrain schools challenge students to run 100 miles

St. Vrain schools challenge students to run 100 miles | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
About 1,000 students at elementary and kindergarten through eighth-grade schools across the district are participating in the program, which challenges students to run 100 miles by the end of the school year.
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Biking IN the Classroom - Action for Healthy Kids

Biking IN the Classroom - Action for Healthy Kids | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Action for Healthy Kids, childhood obesity, nutrition, healthy schools, healthy children, every kid healthy
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Healthier Students Are Better Learners - Dr. Charles Basch

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Great overview of the relationship between health and academics, providing specific information about the ways that the various health problems impact achievement and what can be done to help.

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Brain Breaks, Instant Recess and Energizers - Action for Healthy Kids

Brain Breaks, Instant Recess and Energizers - Action for Healthy Kids | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
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Play, Then Eat: Shift May Bring Gains at School

Play, Then Eat: Shift May Bring Gains at School | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
A simple scheduling switch — moving recess before lunch — may improve children’s eating habits and behavior in school.
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Kids Shouldn’t Play Team Sports in Gym Class. It’s Not Healthy and It's Not Educational.

Kids Shouldn’t Play Team Sports in Gym Class. It’s Not Healthy and It's Not Educational. | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
As a kid, I wanted desperately to be good at sports. This was not because I enjoyed playing them. I did not. It was because I’d learned that physical education classes were key to my social survival.
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School breakfasts nourish academic performance, study finds

School breakfasts nourish academic performance, study finds | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Children who eat breakfast in school do better in math and miss fewer class days than those who don't, according to a new national study released Wednesday.
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Keep recess in play, pediatricians urge

Keep recess in play, pediatricians urge | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Recess is good for a kid's body and mind, and withholding these regular breaks in the school day may be counterproductive to healthy child development, says a new policy statement from a pediatricians' group.
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Why Exercise May Do A Teenage Mind Good : NPR

Why Exercise May Do A Teenage Mind Good : NPR | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Researchers find that when young people exercise, their mental health improves through a more positive self-image and through winning friends.
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Breakfast: Fueling Kids’ Bodies and Minds

“When I eat breakfast, I don’t have to think about being hungry. I can think about what my teacher is saying.” - Colorado student “After a semester of starting our day eating breakfast in t
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Study: Strict Laws on School Snacks Linked to Slimmer Kids | Healthland | TIME.com

Study: Strict Laws on School Snacks Linked to Slimmer Kids | Healthland | TIME.com | The Apple and the Jump Rope | Scoop.it
Kids who live in states with strict laws regulating the sale of junk food and sugary drinks in school gain less weight than their peers in states with weak or no such laws, according to a new study published online in the journal Pediatrics.
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