Please enjoy the April 19, 2017 edition of your FYI!
Suzette de Araujo, Editor
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NJAHPERD Professional Development

NJAHPERD is a member driven organization! Let us know if you would like to be involved in the planning of any of our PD events!

Driver Education Conference
August 16, 2017
Crowne Plaza Monroe

Lake Conference
October 15 & 16, 2017
"It's All About the Kids"
Johnsonburg Center
Johnsonburg, NJ
Professional Development

NJ CRID Workshop
Mindfulness - What You Need To Know
April 27, 2017
Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center
641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ
Students:  $25.00 / Professionals:  $45.00  (.3 CEU / 3 PDU)
This workshop will shed light on mindfulness and how it can impact an individual's emotional and physical well-being.  Some benefits of mindfulness include: self-control, objectivity, tolerance, enhanced flexibility, equanimity, improved concentration and mental clarity, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others and one's self with kindness, acceptance, and compassion
Registration and More Information
Professional Development Webinars


NJAHPERD has received funding from the NJDOH to provide professional development via SHAPE America webinars. If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please send an email to the NJAHPERD office with the subject line "NJAHPERD webinar". You will be required to complete a NJAHPERD evaluation after viewing the webinar. You will earn a certificate for 1.0 contact hour for each webinar you view through SHAPE America. All webinars are held from  3-4 p.m. EDT  and will be recorded.
SAMHSA and the American School Health Association presented a webinar titled " Bullying Prevention and Suicide Prevention for Schools: A Digital Approach From SAMHSA(link is external)."
The webinar provided an overview of the risk and impact of bullying and suicide in school-aged children and highlighted the connection between these public health issues and the "whole child" concept. The webinar showcased SAMHSA's mobile applications- KnowBullying(link is external) and  Suicide Safe(link is external)-and other key resources as tools to promote bullying prevention and suicide prevention in schools.
SPARK Wednesday Webinar Series... ARCHIVED webinars  

National Health Observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics.

SHAPE America Podcast
Podcasts - Did you know that SHAPE America offers Podcasts? Podcast episodes are released the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. 

Health Education
Listen in as our panel of health education experts discusses what defines comprehensive health education, how to set up a health classroom for success, how to incorporate active learning into the curriculum and much more.  Listen today!
Advocacy News
Joanne Doherty
Join Us April 25-26, 2017 

Every Student Succeeds Act Is Just the Beginning
For the first time in federal education law, the role of school health and physical education has been elevated and acknowledged as part of a student's "well-rounded education."

Now that Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act(ESSA), states and school districts are doing the planning and preparation needed to implement this monumental legislation beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
Join us on Capitol Hill on April 25-26 to ensure that health and physical education programs are prioritized and have access to sufficient funding as ESSA is enacted nationwide.

Register for SPEAK Out! Day today and let your voice be heard! At the event, you'll meet with your members of Congress to share the positive impact that school health and physical education have on your students. 

JoAnn Doherty
NJAHPERD Advocacy Chair

ESSA Updates

NJAHPERD has been keeping you informed about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) through our FYI newsletter, emails and through sessions at the recent convention. We have been attending stakeholder's meetings and voicing our concerns of the importance of health and physical education. Now it is your turn! Your voice needs to be heard so that our students receive the programs they deserve!  
You need to start the discussion NOW with your administrator to ensure the your Health & Physical Education program receives funding, along with the other "well rounded education" disciplines.

 School district and school administrators will make the decisions about how ESSA funding is allocated within districts and schools, and which programs are ultimately funded. They must be a key advocacy audience. Since health and physical education are NEW to the list of subjects for which funding can be used, it's likely that they will NOT receive funding at the school district and school-level unless YOU are a strong advocate.

Make time to meet with your principal and ask to be a member of your district's ESSA Committee.

Some discussion points:
·          All ESSA funding must support academic achievement for students. Remind administrators about the link between health, physical education, physical activity and academic achievement, behavior in the classroom, discipline referrals, etc.
·          Share any personal stories about how health and physical education has positively impacted students in your school.
·          Come to the meeting with a specific funding request including an estimated dollar amount for a specific curriculum, equipment, professional development event, training, etc.

If you have any questions or need more information, visit the website or contact the NJAHPERD office.


   50Million Strong by 2029

Approximately 50 million students are currently enrolled in America's elementary and secondary schools (grades pre-K to 12).

SHAPE America wants to ensure that by the time today's preschoolers graduate from high school in 2029, all of America's students are benefitting from the skills, knowledge, confidence, desire and opportunities to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity. MORE
News YOU can USE!
May 1-7 is National Physical Education and Sport Week

Project ACES

This year's Project ACES will be taking place on May 3, 2017.  Join in on the "World's Largest Exercise Class" where millions of children around the world will be exercising simultaneously.  Let's try to get a lot of schools from New Jersey to participate in this event, which will be celebrating its 19th year.   For more information and to sign up your school, visit  http://ProjectACES.come
The First Step in Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification
Schools seeking to become bronze or silver certified with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program for 2017 are encouraged to take advantage of multiple review periods in the   application cycle. Incremental submission of application materials allows your green team to receive valuable feedback on your efforts as you accumulate points towards certification.  

2017 Certification Application Deadlines  
  • Third (FINAL) 2017 Application Submission Deadline - June 29, 2017
Check out these past webinar presentations for tips, tricks, and instructions for a successful submission: 
Preparing for Certification (access narrated recording   here)
Navigating the Application for First Time Users (access narrated recording   here)
Become a Healthy U School & Receive Partner School Benefits (value: $6500)

The New Jersey State Alliance, along with The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, is in the planning process to select the next cohort of schools to participate in the Healthy U program for the 2017-18 school year. Since 2012, the school-based Healthy U program has impacted 38,000 children in 70 New Jersey schools. Healthy U is based on the CATCH curriculum; research shows that students will be healthier and perform better in school because of the program.   To implement Healthy U, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance partners a local YMCA with their local elementary schools to develop and implement a coordinated School Health Plan.
School selection for the 2017-2018 school year begins now. 10 new schools will be selected. If your school is interested in being a part of the program, contact Sue Cornell, Healthy U Director at to learn about the programs resources and benefits. More details

PA Breaks Boost Brain Power...Especially During Testing Season!
Research shows that active students learn better. Break up long days of standardized testing with quick and energizing physical activity breaks that help students perform at their best. MORE
What Should Recess Look Like?
Here's what the  CDC  says recess should look like! MORE
The Importance of Movement in School
Play this video  to learn from our National Physical Activity and Physical Education Advisors about the importance of quality of physical education that engages every student, at every ability level - and how to make this a reality at your school
Motor Skill Assessment Programe
The Motor Skill Assessment Program (MSAP) has been developed at the University of Virginia to train physical educators how to observe and evaluate the motor skill performance of children. As an experienced physical educator, you know that being able to quickly and accurate assess motor skills is an important part of being an effective teacher. MSAP is designed to improve the assessment competency of teachers and involves two steps: 1) learning the key components of the skill while developing a visual image of the correct performance of each component; and 2) self-paced guided practice observing students, making judgments regarding their performance, and then receiving immediate feedback on the accuracy of your performance. We invite you to participate in a short study where you use MSAP and then evaluate it. The study will require a total of 3 hours of your time, which can be distributed over 2 weeks (giving you the flexibility to log in and out of the program as many times as needed to complete your evaluation). At the completion of the study, each participant will also receive an official certificate documenting 3 hours of professional development that can used towards satisfying your local continuing education requirements.
For more information and to sign up to evaluate MSAP, contact Wes Wilson
Updating the Traditional Obstacle Course
This article by Michael Choinacky appeared in Edutopia recently. A middle school health and physical educator, Mr. Choinacky writes about student interest, engagement, and excitement: "The popularity of obstacle course races such as the Tough Mudder and Spartan Races and the TV show American Ninja Warrior has produced an interest in kids to move in new ways."  MORE
When pink slips fly, they usually land in the hands of arts, music and physical education teachers first, which is what's happening in districts around the country. If PE is cut, the burden of exercise instruction will be passed on to classroom teachers while eliminating their planning time.   MORE
From after-school sports to your child's daycare playground, artificial grass has quickly become the preferred material surface for schools, sports fields and recreational parks because it is low-maintenance and cost-efficient. While there may be huge monetary savings to be found in using artificial turf over real grass, one major component used to create the fields and playgrounds has some worried about the health hazards for children who spend a great deal of time on the playing surface. MORE
Could learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brain from aging? A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance.   MORE
Health Educator News YOU can USE!
Health Education Conference

Let us know what topics you want to hear about at the NJAHPERD Health Conference scheduled in December 2017.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Fact Sheets

Adolescent and School Health : topics include Bullying, Health Services for Teens, Parent Engagement, SHPPS, Sexual Risk Behaviors, Whole School - Whole Community - Whole Child, YRBS
Preventing Bullying through Science, Policy and Practice
Blast Off into Concussion Safety with CDC  HEADS UP Rocket Blades
3-2-1 Blast Off! CDC's Injury Center has developed their first-ever mobile game app on concussion safety for children aged 6 to 8. Through a futuristic world of galactic racing adventures children can learn the benefits of playing it safe and smart!
The app aims to teach children:
-the different ways the brain can get hurt during sports activities
-how important it is to tell a coach, parent, or other adult when an injury occurs
-the importance of taking time to rest and recover if they have a concussion

Download the HEADS UP Rocket Blades  at no cost. (The app is currently only available in the Apple App Store. An Android version of the app is coming soon.)
Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?
For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law enacted in 2002, ushered in a new era of student testing and school compliance. And in the years that followed-to meet targets and avoid sanctions-education leaders at the local and state levels have sought a variety of ways to boost students' performance on tests, including extending the school day and giving bonus pay to teachers based on students' test scores. Even less conventional methods, such as banning cell phones and offering yoga-like exercises, emerged as school administrators pursued the holy grail of high standardized-test scores. MORE 
A new presidential era means more changes are in store for education. President Donald Trump recently signed bills rolling back two regulations - one measuring school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and another measure related to teacher training. The school accountability measure overwhelmingly passed in the Republican-controlled House, but narrowly made it out of the Senate with a 50-49 vote - despite opposition from business, labor and civil rights groups, as well as Democrats.   MORE
Female soccer players suffer the most concussions in high school sports
High school girls have a significantly higher concussion rate than boys, with female soccer players suffering the most concussions, according to new research presented today at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

"While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk," said Wellington Hsu, MD, professor of orthopaedics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "The new knowledge presented in this study can lead to policy and prevention measures to potentially halt these trends." MORE
A two-year study published in February 2016, which Omro, Wisconsin school district administrators referred to as they brought the physical equipment into classrooms, found that elementary students who had physical activity incorporated into their lessons significantly improved in their math and spelling performance. But staff in Omro said they were pleasantly surprised to see the benefits of the physical activity go beyond academics, as students' behaviors and mental health symptoms improved as well.   MORE
Active Schools
LMAS Updates

The Future Direction of Active Schools

Active Schools, an a national initiative, will not offer direct programs and services to enrolled schools because Active Schools' organizational partners do so directly.   As such, starting June 1, 2017, Active Schools will no longer provide the school improvement process that has been connected to the physical education and physical activity component of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG)'s Healthy Schools Program or SHAPE America's Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Learning System.   However, AHG and SHAPE America will continue to provide these excellent resources, and Active Schools will actively promote them.
In Active Schools' role as the hub for active school environments, it will provide an enhanced website that serves as a gateway to partners' programs, training, technical assistance, research/data/fact sheets, advocacy messages and campaigns, case studies/success stories, recognition programs, and the like.   Active Schools will also continue to enroll champions for school physical education and physical activity - working to attract a broad base of champions that include parents, principals, superintendents, school board members, medical and public health professionals, etc.   Active Schools currently has over 32,000 enrolled champions.
As school physical education and physical activity experts, SHAPE America's members and affiliate state associations will continue to be critical leaders for the overall Active Schools movement and network (of partners' networks).   In the coming months, as Active Schools communicates unified messages and conducts collaborative activities, we hope that SHAPE America members and affiliates will be ready and willing to continue providing the incredible support that has been given to date.
Our nation's children deserve active school environments and active, healthy, and happy lives.  Thank you for all you do for children!

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Heart Hero News!

All the info you need for your JRFH/HFH events is now brought to you in your very own newsletter,  Heart Hero News. This new publication will be emailed quarterly. If you missed past editions, you can still check them out on our archive page! Click here and then scroll down!
Driver Education
Driver Education Conference
Please give us your feedback so the Driver Education Committee can provide the best program to meet your needs!
Want to join the planning committee? Email/call the NJAHPERD office.
MVC-Driver Education Division: Advisory and New Disc version 6.0
Please click here to read the  advisory concerning recent incidents and the administering of the written law knowledge exams. This notice, also includes the announcement of the  NEW DISC VERSION 6.0   that will be issued as soon as it is completed and validated by MVC.

Click here for the guidelines and how to's for adminstering the NJ MVC law knowledge exam.
Driver's Ed News

Contact Andy Anderson our NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition Leader. He is a great resource and his monthly newsletter contains legislative, law enforcement and educational materials.  He is also the person to contact if you have a "manual" question.  He knows the laws!


Grants & Contests
Project Fit America Grants!

Project Fit America provides,fitness playground equipment,indoor fitness equipment,and training to improve fitness for elementary and middle schools. AtlantiCare is providing the funding for Atlantic County area schools.
No Equipment? No Excuses! So Many Grant Opportunities!

 Check out the NJAHPERD Grant page on the website for an array of grants available for the 2016-17 school year.
Good Sports Equipment Grants K-12
Good Sports equipment grants serve youth in economically disadvantaged areas of the country. Schools that indicate enrollment in Let's Move! Active Schools on their application will receive added consideration. Apply Here 
SPARK Grant Finder Tool

The SPARK Grant-Finder Tool helps you locate funding for your Physical Education, After school, Early childhood or Coordinated School Health program. Grants can be used for curriculum, teacher training, or equipment.  MORE

Support for your School Wellness Efforts
Check out our new 'Funding Opportunities' page where the Alliance for A Healthier Generation shares grant and other funding opportunities that support schools like yours in implementing healthier physical activity and nutrition policies and programs. Be sure to check back often for updates.

Score New Equipment with a Good Sports Grant
The new school year is here! And what a better to start a new year than with new fitness equipment! Good Sports equipment grants are open to all K-12 schools that serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area of the country. Schools that indicate enrollment in Let's Move! Active Schools on their application will receive priority access. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.
Additional Grants opportunities are available on the NJAHPERD website.
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Suzette de Araujo