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No time to play
January 12, 2018
Will recess cuts boost learning? One struggling Colorado district wants to find out.
A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid to devote more time to instruction.
Wanna go outside?
September 15, 2017
Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds and capture kids’ imaginations
The idea behind a new early childhood grant program is to create outdoor spaces that capture kids’ imagination, connect them with nature and keep them active.
April 4, 2017
Requiring P.E. for Tennessee’s youngest students would help academics, too, advocates say
Research shows that physical education boosts children's brain development and helps to form lifelong exercise habits.
Reading writing recess
March 20, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers revise school recess law to strike the right balance on playtime
The state Senate votes to approve the measure, which rolls back stringent playtime requirements that went into effect this school year.
December 10, 2015
New Colorado child care rules take aim at obesity
New state rules for child care centers will ban sugary drinks, establish limits on screen time and mandate 60 minutes of daily physical activity for in full-day students.
April 6, 2015
Report: Colorado kids aren’t getting enough exercise
A new report, an offshoot of the annual Colorado Health Report Card, examines physical activity levels around the state, including among children and teens.
June 11, 2012
Report: Denver schools lack PE, recess, breakfast
A group tracking health trends among students of color wants DPS to expand recess before lunch and to boost gym classes, among other ideas.
May 30, 2012
Dance keeps Thornton teens focused in school and out
School has just ended but for the members of the Thornton High School Focus Dance Crew, summer signals no break in their rigorous physical regimen.
May 10, 2012
Rural districts get creative about health, Washington notices
Washington notices Colorado's creative ways to improve health in rural schools. The president of the Colorado Legacy Foundation is in Washington this week to share stories with federal officials.
March 22, 2012
Colorado kids lag on health indicators
Colorado continues to fall behind other states on important indicators of physical health and children here are faring the worst, according to a new report released today by the Colorado Health Foundation.
February 27, 2012
Singing and swaying through multiplication
Learn about a new program in Jeffco Public Schools. It's called Movin’ Through Multiplication and it does just that - calls on students not just to sing but also to jump, box, skip and stretch their way through their times tables.
February 24, 2012
This week's healthy schools highlights
Asian salad makes a healthy school lunch - From caffeine sheets to Dust-Off: Do you know what your kids are doing? - Trying to find a cry of desperation amid the Facebook drama - Kids not exercising? Here's how to get them moving - New guidelines planned on school vending machines - What's on your kid's lunch tray? Poudre lunches get once-over - How much sleep does your child need? Even experts disagree.
February 10, 2012
DPS launches Spanish-language health workshops
Spanish-speaking families in Denver, Colo., are the focus of a new school initiative: free health workshops. Read more about this initiative and get dates and times here.
January 13, 2012
This week's healthy schools highlights
Is BMI ever TMI (too much information)? - Can online games influence what kids eat? - Fort Collins school's fitness lab provides new exercise options - Girl's death highlights allergy safety in schools.
January 11, 2012
Ask an Expert: How much physical activity is required in Colo. schools?
How much physical activity does your child get during the school day? The state has beefed up exercise requirements, but at some schools, kids don't get exercise on snow days and may even be banned from recess for misbehaving.
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