Please enjoy the August 15th, 2017 edition of your FYI!
Grace Kaler, Editor
Please enjoy this edition of the FYI. 

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A message from your NEW editor...
Hi!! I'm Grace Kaler, your new editor for NJAHPERD's FYI. In September I'll tell you a little more about myself. For now, I'd like to thank Suzette de Araujo, our previous FYI editor. Suzette has been someone I've looked up to, but I never knew her dedication and commitment to our profession until I sat at her kitchen table learning how to make the FYI possible for this month. Suzette has spent countless hours researching and reading articles, grants, professional development opportunities, and much much more to make the FYI successful. Suzette has spent SIX (!!!!) years putting together our FYI, so I know I've got some big shoes to fill! Luckily, she's been a great mentor for this month's edition of the FYI. She even taught me how to make sure everything was color coordinated (definitely some big shoes to fill!) On behalf of NJAHPERD, we are grateful for Suzette's past contributions and are so glad she is staying involved with NJAHPERD as VP Elect of Physical Activity. Thank you, Suzette, for all you have done over the years.
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Laurie Cancalosi, President
Jackie Malaska, Executive Director
A message from your President...

Dear Colleagues;
Hope all of you are having a wonderful summer vacation thus far. Before you know it we will be changing from flip-flops to sneakers. The start of a new school year is about to begin. Hopefully all of you are rested and full of energy for another successful school year.
This summer has been a busy one; the NJAHPERD Executive Board has been working hard on organizing the fall conferences and once again this year we have a great lineup of speakers and vendors. Please visit the website for a full list of professional development events. Register up early so you do not miss out on some amazing professional opportunities.
Our mission is to nurture the health and wellness of children in the school environment and surrounding community by raising funds, uniting partners with shared goals, and empowering youth to own change. We believe that when students are given a voice, change can happen.
It is my belief that as professionals, we should all be members of NJAHPERD. Membership should not be based on whether or not you can attend the convention. Membership says, "I support my profession and my state organization." As a non-profit organization we rely on our volunteer board members and our membership to enable us to provide professional development opportunities and maintain an active presence at the statehouse and Department of Education where we are constantly advocating for health and physical education. All of this takes time and energy and funds - the time and energy come from our amazing board members, the funds come from membership dues.
If you don't support your profession who will?
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President. Please visit our website and feel free to contact me if you have any ideas or want to get involved with NJAHPERD.
Have a great "rest of August." I am hoping to see you at NJAHPERD's PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT events in the upcoming school year.
Thank You!
    Laurie A. Cancalosi, EdD.
NEW Membership Portal!

NJAHPERD proudly introduces the NJAHPERD Online Community Portal!
The NJAHPERD Online Community portal has been created to benefit you, our NJAHPERD Members!
The Online Community portal will give you access to:
  • My Profile
    • Members can update their contact information, upload a profile image (optional), join the NJAHPERD Member Directory, purchase membership, and change their password.
  • My Events
    • Members can view their current event registrations (including: orders & payment status), register for future events, and view past events attended.
  • Member Directory
    • The member directory will include your profile image (optional), name, contact type, work or school name, school district, and email address.  All members in the directory will be able to email other members by selecting the mail icon to the right of the intended member's contact information.
IMPORTANT:  All membership purchases/renewals and event registrations will be completed through the NJAHPERD Online Community Portal.
Further details will be emailed to you regarding how to set up your PASSWORD!

NJAHPERD Mini Grants
NJAHPERD is pleased to announce the availability of Mini-Grants for 2017-18. The grant provides financial assistance up to $1,000 for new program development or to expand an existing program. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, software, or other materials that focus on student learning in Health & Driver Education, Physical Education, Physical Activity (before and after school) and Dance Education.
The Mini-Grant application deadline is September 30, 2017
Call for 2018 Convention Programs

SHARE YOUR BEST TEACHING PRACTICES! Submit a session proposal for the 2018 NJAHPERD Convention. Your expertise would be an asset to our members and a great opportunity to highlight the best teaching practices happening in your district! 

Speakers receive complimentary registration the day that they present.
All submissions must be made online.
Submit  a session proposal before the September 30th deadline.
2018 Convention Updates!

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 
February 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2018
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
Long Branch

The NJAHPERD Executive Board has approved the Convention Planning Committee's recommendation to extend the 99th Annual Convention to 4 days! Pre-convention sessions will remain scheduled on Sunday. Monday- Wednesday will include general session keynotes each day, additional Teacher of the Year presentations, and socials. Specific days will provide tracks devoted to teaching levels and professional topics and give the planning committee flexibility to repeat popular sessions and ease session attendance numbers. We are also considering a longer lunch to provide members an opportunity to network and share.

Members are encouraged to submit district approval paperwork as early as possible. Information will be posted on the NJAHPERD website as well as distributed via email and social media as soon as it is available.

General Sessions preview:

Sportime featuring SPARK is sponsoring the amazing Naomi Hartle, PE Development & Technology Specialist as one of the General Session keynotes. She will dazzle you with her enthusiasm and knowledge of HPE and technology!

Jess Lawrence, CEO of Cairn Guidance, has also accepted the invitation to keynote. During the summer of 2013, she successfully completed a 23-year-old dream of bicycling 4,197 miles across the country. Solo. In her keynote, Jess shares the extraordinary journey of preparing and fulfilling a major life goal, and relates her experience to key lessons that empower leaders to create positive change within the Public Health and Education sectors.

Sean Brock, National PE/PA advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
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
Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center Cranbury South Brunswick (formerly the Crowne Plaza)
Monroe Township, NJ

August 17, 2017
Rutgers University Cook Campus
New Brunswick, NJ

September 26, 2017
St George Orthodox Athletic Center
Ocean, NJ

October 25, 2017
Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex
Lawrenceville, NJ

October 15 & 16, 2017
"It's the Kids that Count"
Johnsonburg Center
Johnsonburg, NJ

Energizing PE 1,2,3
October 19, 2017
Sheraton Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ

November 9-10, 2017
Atlantic City Convention Center

"Stay Strong, Live Long!"
December 11, 2017
Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
South Brunswick, NJ

February 25-28, 2018
"NJAHPERD Strong!"
Ocean Place Resort
Long Branch, NJ

Professional Development Webinars
FREE Webinars!
NJAHPERD has received funding from the NJ Department of Health 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.
Webinar List

  Back to School: Start Serving Afterschool Meals
August 17, 2017 1:00 PM Eastern
Hosted by the Food Research & Action Center
Did you know that the Afterschool Meal Program can help fill the nutrition gap that may exist for millions of low-income children when the school day ends? The Afterschool Meal Program provides federal funding to afterschool programs operating in low-income areas to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 and under after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. Join FRAC, the Afterschool Alliance, and afterschool meal champions for this informative webinar on program basics, how to get started, and best practices for operating a successful program this school year. 

  Getting Kids to 60: Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hosted by The Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC and The Office of the Associate Director for Policy, CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Health Impact in Five Years, or HI
- 5 (high - five) initiative, highlights a list of non - clinical, community - wide approaches with a proven track record. Each intervention listed is associated with improved health within five years and is reported to be cost - effective or cost - saving over the lifetime of the population or earlier. Public and private organizations can use this list to quickly assess the scientific evidence for short - term health outcomes and overall cost impacts of community - wide approaches. The HI - 5 Web Forum highlights specific interventions identified in the HI - 5 initiative, and provides stakeholders with the opportunity to hear real world examples of how local and state - level organizations have introduced school - based programs to increase physical activity as part of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program.
The Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program is a multi
- component evidence - based approach by which school districts use all opportunities for students to be physically active, meet the nationally - recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. These programs are associated with increased student physical activity and have positive effects on obesity prevention. We encourage public health professionals, educators, school administrators and others with a special interest in comprehensive school physical activity programs to join us for this informative one - hour Web Forum. To learn more, visit CDC's Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program and the HI-5 initiative.
Additional webinars/Podcast opportunities are posted on the NJAHPERD website.
Advocacy News
Joanne Doherty
With assistance from SHAPE America, NJAHPERD has it's own LEGISLATION ACTION CENTER to contact NJ Legislators. Our members will be able to contact our federal and state legislators when there is an important issue affecting our profession.
As a state affiliate of SHAPE America, we are grateful for the sponsorship by SHAPE America for one year of service with Congress Web.

JoAnn Doherty
NJAHPERD Advocacy Chair

Be An Advocate in Your Own Backyard!
Be A Backyard Advocate!  You don't have to go all the way to Capitol Hill for your voice to be heard on the value of health education and physical education in schools. Throughout the year, members of Congress return home from Washington, DC, to their state and district offices to meet with constituents. During this webinar, learn how to conduct "backyard advocacy" meetings in your own state with members of Congress using our backyard advocacy toolkit. It's critical that Congress hears from us about the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act on health and physical education programs in your state and the importance of fully funding this legislation. 

Free Webinar - What's New With ESSA?
Sponsored by Sportime
Presented By: Carly Wright, SHAPE America
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern

As states and school districts prepare to implement the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in the 2017-18 school year, learn about the key opportunities for physical education under this legislation. Much has changed since ESSA was passed in December 2015.
This webinar explains the latest on access to funding for programs and professional development, where your state is in the process of ESSA implementation... REGISTER


   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!
FREE Online Conference - #PhysEdSummit 2017
On August 26, 2017, starting at 0800 (8am Eastern Time) there will be a FREE online conference put on by Health and PE professionals for Health and PE professionals. It is called "The #PhysEdSummit 2017". This is a global event with 16 hours of back-to-back, one-hour #PhysEd and #HealthEd webcasts organized by PHYSEDagogy and The #PhysEdSummit Team. The mission is to provide digital professional learning opportunities for physical education and health professionals by sharing, discussing, and reflecting on best practices.
32 Sessions + 16 Hrs + 52 Presenters + $0 + Free Resources + 11 Countries = The #PhysEdSummit 2017
Click Here to access the conference program.
 Register or RSVP here.

All sessions will be broadcasted LIVE on August 26 & 27! Click here to watch a video on how to navigate the conference program and sessions. RSVP to stay updated on The 2017 #PhysEdSummit.
Important note: If you cannot make a session at the scheduled time they will be archived in Tozzl and posted to the PHYSEDagogy YouTube Channel to be viewed at a later date!

SHAPE America's New Back to School Website
SHAPE America unveiled its new Back to School website, revealing a focus on 50 million strong by 2029, the organization's commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs.
Health Educator News YOU can USE!
Job Opening Announcement: 
Federal funds have been allocated through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families, funding Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education programs.  We are delighted to announce that our proposal to teach the YES You Can! curricula has been funded. 
We have an opening for a full time classroom educator.  This position calls for teaching experience and a strong passion for youth and for teaching an SRA message.  The award start date is September 30th.  Attached please find the job description for that position.

Click Here 
Suicide rate hit 40-year peak among older teen girls in 2015
The rate of suicide among teen girls ages 15 to 19 doubled between 2007 and 2015, marking the highest rate in 40 years, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers also found that suicide rates among boys increased 31% during the same period. More
Destigmatizing mental health starts in schools
Students in an Indiana high school formed a mental health club to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. In this interview, two district leaders share their strategies for addressing mental health and suicide prevention. MORE
Opioid Medication: A Risk for Children and Teens
Each year, opioid medication poisoning causes more than 300 deaths in children and teens. (1) This infographic covers poison control center calls about children and teens exposed to opioid medications.
Teen Pedestrian Safety: Crossing the Road
Teens are more likely than younger children to be killed by a vehicle. When was the last time you talked to your teen about walking safety? MORE
Loneliness and social isolation could be a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact will continue to grow, according to research presented at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, recommends a greater priority be placed on research and resources to tackle this public health threat from the societal to the individual level. For instance, greater emphasis could be placed on social skills training for children in schools and doctors should be encouraged to include social connectedness in medical screening, she said. MORE
#cutting: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) on Instagram
Social media presents an important means for social interaction, especially among adolescents, with Instagram being the most popular platform in this age-group. Pictures and communication about non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) can frequently be found on the internet. 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!

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart


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!
Thank you!
The American Heart Association wants to take this opportunity to thank those schools and teachers who choose to coordinate a Jump Rope For Heart and/or Hoops For Heart event during the 2016-2017 school year. Your hard work in supporting our mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke is truly appreciated.

Now is the time to start thinking about the '17-18 school year. If your school is not currently partnering with the AHA, please visit or . To learn how your school can make a di fference in the lives of others; have the potential to earn US Games gift certificates ; receive complimentary, year-long resources that may compliment your wellness initiatives; and receive discounted memberships to both NJAHPERD and SHAPE America, please contact Jim Presbrey, Vice President of Youth Market at either  or at (917) 213-9432. Together, we can make a difference one heartbeat at a time!
Earn more free equipment!
Attention all Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart coordinators: do you know you can earn additional US Games Gift Certificates by referring new schools? Contact your AHA representative to learn more about their coordinator referral program.

If your school is not currently coordinating a Jump Rope For Heart and/or Hoops For Heart event and you are interested in learning how you can get involved, please contact Jim Presbrey, Vice President of Youth Market at either or at (917) 213-9432
Driver Education
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!


August 16, 2017 - 4th Annual NJAHPERD Driver Education Conference  
NJAHPERD has partnered with New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition, with sponsorship from New Jersey Manufacturer (NJM) to provide professional development for Driver Education on
August 16, 2017 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center (formerly Crowne Plaza Monroe)

New teaching strategies to help with the new test and manual issues. So easy!
Just click above and away you go to the best driver education information for your students!
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

Saucony Run for Good Foundation
Do you run, or plan to launch an organization aimed at keeping kids healthy and active?
Apply for a grant from the Saucony Run For Good Foundation.
Grants are issued twice per year, once in February and once in August.
The next deadline to apply is  6/15/17.

For more info on how to apply, or to find out if your organization qualifies, 
download this guide .

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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