Please enjoy the January 17, 2017 edition of your FYI!
Suzette de Araujo, Editor
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Christine Baccarella, President
Jackie Malaska, Executive Director
A message from your president...

How has the start of your NEW YEAR been so far? Do YOUR feet "hit the floor" each day ready to take your BEST SELF to school? Are yo ur STUDENTS excited and willing to b e totally engaged in your teaching each day?


Take time NOW to examine the atmosphere of your classrooms and recommit to
knowing and understanding each one of your students. Just as they have no idea
what may be going on in your life, you might not know anything about what is taking place in theirs. BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE. TAKE A W A LK IN THEIR SHOES OR AT LEAST TRY."

Enjoy the 2017 NJAHPERD Convention and all the SUPER Teachers of t he Year who are on the "line up!" Meet and Greet the NJ Legislators who are attending
let them know how te rrific your H&PE program is working.
I look forward to meeting ALL of you COMPASSIONATE teachers at convention!

Christine Baccarella
NJAHPERD, President


Promote your program!!
If you are doing anything in your school that you want to share with NJAHPERD members please tag us on Twitter @NJAHPERD as well as using the hashtag #NJAHPERD. You can also find the  Facebook  page by searching New Jersey Association Physical Education and Health page to share pictures and videos!
Convention Registration
Please note if your name does not appear of the list of Convention Attendees, you are NOT registered.
2017 NJAHPERD Annual Convention

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Sunday Pre-Convention Sessions


Session registration requires a $20 deposit that will be returned at the completion of training.
PLYOGA registration not included.

Complimentary morning coffee and lunch included!


SPARK Elementary K-6 Training 
SPARK training is truly a special event: Smiles are prevalent, laughter frequent, and a special rapport occurs between participants and their trainer. Participants leave ready, willing and able to implement SPARK effectively and maximize student outcomes. The workshop is limited to 40 Professionals. Funding for this PD is provided by a Grant from the New Jersey Department of Health. REGISTRATION

Driver Education ADTSEA curriculum and more
Learn more about the ADTSEA Curriculum, New Jersey GDL and ADTSEA/Michelin Tire Safety.   
Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the ADTSEA 3.0 Driver Education Curriculum, including printed materials and a DVD with slides and videos. The curriculum will include a newly developed lesson Beyond the Driving Test on tire safety and maintenance.  A professional driver education teacher will conduct the workshops and a Michelin tire safety expert will be present during the workshop to answer questions and provide hands on activities. A free set of Michelin tires will be given away! REGISTRATION
  THANK YOU to the National Road Safety Foundation for their financial support to provide the ADSTEA curriculum and binder to each participant!

Let's Have Fun in Health Class Today! Melanie Lynch, 2016 National Health Teacher of the Year
Interactive skills-based health education is a crucial part of any fun and effective health class. Come see SHAPE America's 2016 National Health Education Teacher of the Year share the lessons that make her classroom exciting, relevant and effective. This session will provide participants with lessons and activities that will facilitate teachers to effectively create an energized health class appropriate for all students. Special attention will be paid to assessments, differentiated lessons and literacy strategies.
PLYOGA® Certification
Stephanie Lauren, Thomas Ascough, PLYOGA Fitness
A PLYOGA certification is an interactive 7-hour workshop that will offer all of the knowledge, support, and resources including, 4 weeks of unit planning, you will need in order to be a successful PLYOGA instructor with your students. PLYOGA is a 4-part PLYOmetrics-based interval system using fundamental and fluent YOGA postures as an active recovery. PLYOGA implements smart recovery through basic and static yoga poses as transitions from bursts of dynamic and functional movement. An equipment-LESS program, the PLYOGA course is designed for Health and Physical Education professionals looking to inspire children to get excited about exercise and offer something CHALLENGING yet ACHIEVABLE, FUN, and INNOVATIVE for all ages and fitness levels! Together, we will build self-confidence, strong and healthy young bodies, and help educate our youth with fun physical activity!
Professional Development Hours Included as well as CEUs for ACE, AFAA, NASM, SCW, & ISCA.
COST for NJAHPERD MEMBERS: $199 (regularly $299 value)  All
REGISTRATION for PLYOGA training is directly through PLYOGA.

Convention Sessions

Special Guests & Featured Speakers
Ron Malm
Keynote Title:  #QPE: The Ultimate Sales Job!
The time is now to sell #QPE to students, parents and administrators. All it takes is the ABC's. Physical Education should be the easiest sell in education considering the high number of inbound leads, but unfortunately the conversion rate is much too low and the quotas are not being reached. Objections such as inactivity and insecurities make it a much harder transaction to close and truthfully the churn rate is much too high.
Ron Malm has sold Physical Education and the amazing benefits to thousands of students and teachers for over 20 years and he believes the ability to sell #QPE is available for anyone who is willing to put in the effort and wants the commission. There is no "one-size fits all" approach, but there are multiple strategies that provide a ROI in today's hyper speed world with today's students.
Leave your inhibitions at the door and engage in the ultimate experience. Be ready to smile, move and engage in new activities that can bring a Lifetime Value to your clients. In Physical Education there simply cannot be any loss leaders. #QPE needs to be looked at as an opportunity not a requirement and this is going to require a bit of smarketing.

  Featured speakers include State, District and National Teachers of the Year (TOY):





Don't miss out on this great opportunity for professional development, networking and FUN!

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" in the subject line. 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!
2017 SHAPE America Convention & Exposition
Advocacy News
Joanne Doherty
Registration Now Open for SPEAK Out! Day - Join Us April 25-26, 2017 
SAVE the DATE and begin thinking about signing up to stand up for our profession, especially with the new ESSA Law going into effect as of September 2017.  NJAHPERD needs to let our NJ Federal Legislators know that we need their help to ensure the State does the right thing for all our students regardless of their zip-codes. 
Last year we had 10 NJ advocates "On the Hill" and we visited 8 Congressional offices.  I would like to see that double this year!  Future Professionals, this is a great opportunity for you to get involved as an Advocate for your future profession.  Retirees, you know the importance of an exemplary Health Education and Physical Education program and your "success stories" can have a big impact.  Professionals, you know what is happening now and you know what is needed in your programs for your students to live a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime.
Travel scholarships are available!
Thank you, and please get involved! As I have said before, YOUR voice does matter and needs to be heard!

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 this April 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. 

"SPEAK Out! Day is one of the most amazing and important professional opportunities I have experienced. It is an opportunity to meet with liked-minded people to storm Capitol Hill and advocate for the profession we all love. We get to actually speak to our own state representatives to make a direct impact on our state's physical education policies - not to mention the instant friendships that develop that I'm sure will last a lifetime." - Lynn Preble, Arizona

Tuesday, April 25
1-5:30 p.m. 
SPEAK Out! Day Prep Session, Herndon, VA

Wednesday, April 26
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Watch a video from last year's SPEAK Out! Day to learn more about the event!

Register today and help us continue the great momentum that has been generated in Congress!

JoAnn Doherty
NJAHPERD Advocacy Chair


   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!
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants - Support Sustainability Actions 
Don't miss the opportunity to apply for this 2017 funding opportunity with Sustainable Jersey for Schools! PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support another cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program.  With this contribution, the PSEG foundation has provided over $1.3 million dollars in funding to support local sustainability initiatives in municipalities and schools across the state.  
Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action related sustainability initiatives. 
Application Deadline is February 3, 2017. Click here for more information. 
The First Step in Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification - Jan. 18, 2017
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  
  • First 2017 Application Submission Deadline - January 18, 2017
  • Second 2017 Application Submission Deadline - April 10, 2017
  • 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)
Fun Run Grants
The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is challenging America's schools to collectively run, jog, and walk one billion miles. The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is hosted by Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition. Generous support is provided by our title sponsor, the New Balance Foundation. Learn more and join the Race at .
A "Fun Run Grant" will equip 50 schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun run event for their school communities. The package includes a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an air horn and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water.  Apply  by February 15, 2017!
Grant Opportunity - Fund for Teachers
Design your own professional development!

Summer fellowship grants from Fund for Teachers will award Pre K - 12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning.

Apply online by January 31, 2017
GOPHER 7 Second Challenge

Show us creative ways your school gets active for a chance to win!

GOPHER is giving away a $100 Gopher Gift Card each week, PLUS all entries are eligible for our Grand Prize Drawings of seven $1,000 Gopher Gift Cards on March 31!! 
New Resources for Recess

Are you a leader for physical activity in your school, district or state? If so, you'll love these all-new resources developed by CDC and SHAPE America:
  • Strategies for Recess in Schools gives schools 19 evidence-based strategies for recess;
  • Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice and a Recess Planning Template help schools create a written recess plan that integrates the strategies.
Use the electronic Recess Toolkit to:
  • Identify the 19 evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools;
  • Build support for recess;
  • Develop a written recess plan;
  • Provide technical assistance to districts and/or schools;
  • Enhance professional development training and more.
Recess, in conjunction with health and physical education, contributes to an active school environment that supports 50 Million Strong by 2029, SHAPE America's commitment to empower all children to lead active and healthy lives. Thank you for helping to cultivate an active school environment! MORE  
Activity-based Learning Lab helps increase test scores
Take a look at the Activity Based Learning Lab at Sonora Middle School. PE coach, Trudi Spencer has piloted the implementation of this style of learning in the district and Sonora is the first school to try it out. Students are given a number of different learning objectives such as reading, times tables and writing and they do all of them while participating in a physical activity. The science behind the method is that by doing physical and mental activities at the same time, a student is activating different parts of their brain. This allows students to retain more knowledge after a lesson. Schools around the country and overseas have used this method and have seen test scores and individual growth skyrocket. Innovation in the classroom is a standard for Springdale Schools and Sonora Middle School is no exception. MORE
Exercise: An antidote for behavioral issues in children?
Children with serious   behavioral disorders  might fare better at school if they get some exercise during the day, a new study suggests.

The researchers focused on children and teenagers with conditions that included autism spectrum disorders,   attention deficit hyperactivity disorder  (ADHD), anxiety and depression. MORE
2 FREE PE posters - Station Expectations
These colorful "PE Station Expectation" posters can serve as a visual checklist for your students to view as they travel to a movement, PE skill or gymnastic/dance station during a typical PE class. Teachers can initially go over the poster at the beginning of a school year or at the start of a unit of study to reinforce station expectations and the posters can then remain to serve as a reminder for students as they READ, MOVE AND LEARN!!!

The inspiration for this visual came from a "Station Expectation" photo posted on the PE Central Facebook page from   Jenni Peters  a practicing PE teacher from Massachusetts and a frequent contributor to the PE Central Facebook Page.

The poster (in 5 colors) displays 7 PE station expectations that will help instill student understanding and control. Each statement includes a corresponding, color matching checkoff button and a kid-friendly, eye-catching graphic.

1) Elementary School Version
2) Middle/High School Version
Those searching for a fun way to boost their exercise levels might need to look further than the next PokeStop. While Pokemon Go initially raised hopes of an innovative, albeit inadvertent, approach to encouraging individuals to walk further, new research suggests such effects are short-lived.   MORE
American kids are more motivated than ever to get on their feet, and it's not because of Pokémon Go. More than 1.9 million students across the country have accepted the challenge to walk and run a collective one billion miles in an effort to reverse the alarming growth in obesity rates, which have quadrupled in children ages 6-11 since 1980. ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition created the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race - a program that's fun for kids, free for schools, and foundational for instilling healthy habits.   MORE
Health Educator News YOU can USE!
Jan 23 - 29, 2017 - National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week ®
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week ® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health. MORE
A new social media campaign to help fight Type 2 diabetes is getting people to move their feet. The Diabetes Dance Dare is meant to turn back the potentially deadly health trend by pairing a simple exercise with a fun challenge. Participants post video of themselves dancing for 23 seconds and challenge someone else to do the same.   MORE
Get ready for "No Name-Calling Week" - Jan 16-20, 2017
Every child deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. That's why NJAHPERD has joined forces with GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) Central New Jersey Chapter to promote No Name-Calling Week during January 16-20. No Name Calling Week (NNCW) is a national initiative started in 2004. The concept of NNCW builds on the story in the young adult novel by James Howe, The Misfits. In this story, a group of students join together to face the challenges of name calling and ultimately make a powerful impact on their school with the proposal of a no name calling day.  This year's No Name Calling Week focuses on Celebrating Kindness while working to create safe schools free of name-calling, bullying and bias.

Educators can join the NNCW Listserv and download a variety of free materials at .   GLSEN also sponsors The National Creative Expression Exhibit for NNCW. This exhibit gives students the opportunity to submit works of art that express their ideas and experiences with bullying. In past years, over 1,000 students submitted pieces from a variety of artistic mediums. For details visit

Additional information and assistance in developing No Name-Calling Week programs as well as a limited supply of free materials can be arranged by contacting GLSEN Central New Jersey Chapter, .  By the way, each school and program is welcome to choose any time of the year to offer No Name-Calling Week.  The immediacy of the national dates, January 18-22, 2016, does not need to be a constraint for your program.
For teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake. A new report pulls together some stark numbers on this: Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That's on par with nurses and physicians.   MORE
Bullying is a problem that affects almost all students in some ways, but for children with disabilities it's a problem that seems to last throughout their school years. These children, including those with learning disabilities, were about 20 percent more likely to report being bullied than other students in surveys taken at a New England school district.   MORE
New report on bullying in schools
The National Center for Education Statistics has released Student Reports of Bullying: Results from the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. This document uses data from the 2015 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and examines bullying victimization and how it relates to other variables, such as "the reported presence of gangs, guns, drugs, and alcohol at school; select security measures; student criminal victimization; and personal fear, avoidance behaviors, fighting, and weapon-carrying at school." MORE 
A new study published in PLOS One that gathered data from users of a mood-tracking app found that even minimal levels of physical activity can improve your happiness. In other words, you don't have to be a triathlete to get a boost in mood, according to the research.  MORE
Young children do follow in their parents' footsteps. Literally. That's the conclusion of researchers who found that in underserved populations, parents' physical activity - and their sedentary behavior - directly correlates with the activity level of their preschoolers. Researchers say these findings could lead to interventions that focus more on helping parents model - not just encourage - an active lifestyle for their children.  MORE
A study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that girls from low-income families are unprepared for puberty, resulting in negative experiences in the transition. Researchers found the puberty experiences of African-American, Caucasian and Hispanic girls in low-income urban areas of the Northeastern United States were lacking in information and preparedness in coping with the onset of menstruation.   MORE
Let's Move! Active Schools
Social Media
Follow Let's Move! Active Schools on Twitter @LetsMove #ActiveSchools.

LMAS Updates

Start off 2017 by simplifying and decluttering your physical education and physical activity toolbox with the Let's Move! Active Schools interactive infographic. The infographic makes it even easier to find resources, programs, professional development, grants, training and technical assistance that will get your students moving.
  • Start by clicking on one of five areas that you'd like to focus on: Physical Education, Physical Activity During School, Physical Activity Before and After School, Staff Involvement, or Family & Community Engagement.
  • Then select the category of resources you'd like to further explore.
  • Voila! A list of evidence-based tools and links will appear.
The new Let's Move! Active Schools interactive infographic is hosted on our Resources and Grants page, so you can get to it in a flash.
Project Fit America Grants Available 
The following
elementary and middle schools are invited to apply by March 2017.  

Good Sports Equipment Grants (grades K-12) - Rolling 
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 

Through the Eyes of a Child: The Impact of Let's Move!
Ever wonder what the world today looks like through the eyes of a child? Of course, it can be vastly different from state to state, city to city, neighborhood to neighborhood, and family to family. But, as we reflect on the past six and a half years of Let's Move! and our collective efforts to raise a healthier generation, we're taking a step back to think about how the changes we've made have impacted the day-to-day life of a child. This means looking beyond the policy, the programs and the partnerships, and considering the tangible changes that an everyday American kid might see or experience as a result of our work!

Check out our new animated video, narrated by First Lady Michelle Obama, which shows a glimpse of what we, together, have strived for the world to look like through the eyes of a child. Take a look and "see" for yourself!

We've made amazing progress and have much to be proud of. As the First Lady notes, there's much more work to be done to ensure all kids can grow up healthy and have the bright futures they so deserve. She's counting on all of our partners- from corporations to communities- to help carry this work forward. Are you interested in a professional, Olympic or collegiate athlete visiting your school? MORE
LMAS Convention Sessions

A LMAS session tract is available on Monday and Tuesday at this year's annual convention.
Danceable Brain Energizers
Pokemon Move: Gamifying the LMAS Initiative
School Gardens
Before the School Bell Rings
Comprehensive Physical Activity
Teaching & Learning through Movement
Nutrition is the Mission
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment: 6-12 Edition
Wellness Policies
Instant Activities & Brain Energizers
The 2016-17 Playbook

The 2016-17 Playbook  has exciting enhancements, including the new Physical Activity Play "You Can Do It - We All Can" on the topic of inclusion, developed in collaboration with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Schools can select one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play to apply for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60. Schools that indicate enrollment in Let's Move! Active Schools on their application will receive added consideration. Building on its strong PE program, Young Oak Kim Academy has infused movement throughout the day. In recognition of their efforts, the school won the Let's Move! Active Schools National Award and received a $5,000 grant and free physical education equipment in 2015.
New! PECentral Professional Development for PE Teachers
PECentral has launched two new courses for its online school - Project Based Learning in PE and
Developing Rubrics. Courses are eligible for PD hours, and a CEU credit. Both courses are perfect
to kick start the new school year.
Let's Move Active Schools
Is your school an ACTIVE SCHOOL?

Does your school incorporate physical activity before, during and after school for at least 60 minutes a day? Do you need resources to "move" your school in the right direction? This FREE program can help. MORE
Technical Assistance
Let's Move! Active Schools has a team of specialists ready to help you create an active school environment. Experienced PA/PE Advisors and national experts provide customized support and virtual/in-person trainings as well as a dynamic, action-focused Physical Activity Leader Learning System - all offered at no cost to those willing to be champions. To learn more, or call 1-855-972-0876.
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!
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!



Have you signed up for NJAHPERD Annual Convention? February 26-28, 2017.
If you missed the Driver Education Conference and want to receive the ADTSEA Curriculum, sign up for the Pre-Convention session on Sunday, 2/26/2017.  Curriculum Training, GDL Deep Dive and additional information will be available on Sunday.  
 Register online Now! 


ATTN: 4th-7th Grade Teachers...Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix! UPDATE!!

We're thrilled to announce a comprehensive update to Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix!

Having offered this program free-of-charge since 2004, it is the most widely distributed alcohol education program of its kind. Since the program's inception, underage drinking is down while conversations among parents and kids about the dangers of underage drinking are up. 

To maintain momentum and continue our innovation, we decided to develop new, cutting edge, fully-digital content. We know that kids like learning about their brain, their bodies and how it all works! So we came up with a plan to reach them with the content they want to learn about in a fun and engaging manner. Today, we're sharing our expanded resources for 4th - 7th grade classrooms.

We're releasing a new seven-part video series with corresponding lesson plans to teach kids what each part of the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what that does to them. These new materials come with everything from classroom activities, letters for parents, counselors and more! This new content is digital, easily accessible to anyone, and as always, free! 

Program content regarding the effects of alcohol on the developing brain has been reviewed by NIAAA and is consistent with currently available science.  During development, we hosted numerous focus groups with kids, teachers, and school counselors to gain as broad a perspective as possible. Materials have also been reviewed by experts in the education world, including our Educational Advisory Board and valued partners.

While underage drinking continues to decline, we must continue to work diligently as a community to keep our kids safe and alcohol-free. Please take a moment to forward this email to a parent who has a 9-12 year old child, a teacher or school counselor in your community to share our program. By working together, we can ensure our nation's youth make smart choices and say no to underage drinking. MORE 
Lessons for the classroom
Good Article for Class Discussion -  Law Enforcement. Thank you John Cichowski, our Road Warrior.

Infographic for Your School's Website
Now Compare New Jersey to The National Statistics - How Are We Doing NJ?
GHSA (Governors Highway Safety association) is a site with a report titled: Mission Not Accomplished.
Many students watched a series this summer called @SummerBreak4. 
The clip below comes from one of the episodes. It is a great way to promote safe teen driving. It features Jacy Good. Jacy is a White Plains NY resident. She has presented her program to high schools all around the country including several in Bergen County. More information about Jacy can be found by scrolling down to her web site link.

 Wait for it... this could save your life | @SummerBreak 4
Wait for it... this could save your life | @SummerBreak 4

Thank you Terry Skjold, from IHA.  If you have a good lesson you would like to  share contact don't hesitate to contact Andy Anderson our Coalition Leader.
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.
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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Shaping NJ is the state partnership for the Nutrition_ Physical Activity and Obesity program focusing on environmental and policy change. NJAHPERD is a coordinating partner in the school setting workgroup.
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