ActivEd Blog

Standing desks improve BMI in children

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Aug 25, 2016 10:53:57 AM

New research from Texas A&M provides evidence that students using standing desks slow the increase of their body mass index (BMI) by an average of 5.24 points. According to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, standing desks increased student engagement and had a positive impact on classroom management for teachers. 

The study included 24 classrooms in three Texas elementary schools. 193 students were monitored for two years. An article from Vital Record indicates why this research is important. 

“Research around the world has shown that standing desks are positive for the teachers in terms of classroom management and student engagement, as well as positive for the children for their health, cognitive functioning and academic achievement,” said Mark Benden, PhD, CPE, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health and an author of the study. “It’s literally a win-win, and now we have hard data that shows it is beneficial for weight control.”

ActivEd was founded on the belief that students should stay active in the classroom. We know that keeping students moving while learning leads to increased focus and reduced hyperactivity in addition to increasing student achievement. Active classrooms also lead to healthier students overall. Want to learn more about keeping your pre-k through 2nd grade students active with standards-based lessons? Request more information today!

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Topics: Active Learning, BMI

Playground zoning leads to more active playtime for school-aged children

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Aug 17, 2016 12:02:40 PM


Everyone loves seeing children light up when they talk about their favorite subject in school. Often, when younger kids are asked the infamous question, "What is your favorite subject?," they answer "physical education class or recess." Does every child love recess? Not necessarily. According to Consumer Reports

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Topics: Active Learning

Numbers show continuing decline in youth sports participation

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Aug 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

We all know that physical activity is good for the body, mind, and spirit. Team up physical activity with a sport, and kids get the benefits of exercise along with the camaraderie of a team. Accountability, dedication, and leadership are often benefits for sports participants (in addition to the fun of playing!). That's why it is disheartening that year after year, fewer American youth are participating in sports. From a Sports Illustrated article

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Topics: physical activity

Bring active learning to #SXSWedu!

Posted by Dr. Julian Reed on Aug 8, 2016 4:21:43 PM

Active learning is important for all students. For kinesthetic learners, it is critical. As an educator and a researcher, I've dedicated my career to educating people about the benefits of movement and learning. The research is clear: students who move while learning retain information better, are more focused, and are less hyperactive. 

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Topics: Active Learning

Looking for a way to fund Walkabouts at your school?

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Aug 1, 2016 10:08:41 AM

Finding funding for active learning can be a challenge. ActivEd is excited to announce a simple way to get a Walkabouts subscription for your classroom—for free. Beginning August 1, we are partnering with PledgeCents to create a streamlined way for you to raise the funds needed to cover the cost of purchasing Walkabouts. Join teachers across the country who are bringing Walkabouts and active learning into their classrooms!

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Topics: PledgeCents