Happy Valentine's Day from ActivEd! This day is all about love and hearts, so we're focusing on heart health. Here are some dietary recommendations from the American Heart Association to share with your students and their families.
What happens when your school closes due to inclement weather? Does the learning stop? At some schools, it doesn't! A recent article reports that a school in Kentucky has "implemented at-home learning days instead of snow days." In Ohio, "students may complete assignments – known as 'blizzard bags' – when winter weather closes schools." Some schools also employ technology to keep students on track during unexpected days off.
Americans were consuming fewer sugary drinks. That progress has now stopped. Children and adults now consume about the same number of calories from soda, sports drinks, and other sugary drinks as they did in 2009-2010. From the Washington Post:
CNBC recently reported on a year-long pilot program on using active classroom furniture. From the article:
School is almost out at Oakridge Elementary School, but the verdict is already in: Kids who move more, learn better.
That's the consensus of teachers, parents and pupils after a one-year pilot program that introduced active classroom furniture into the Arlington, Virginia, school. Pedal desks, standing balance desks, and kid-sized ball chairs kept students moving while they learned. The results were remarkable.
"Some of the behaviors that teachers noticed increase were time on task, cooperation with each other, having an opportunity to sit and read for longer periods of time, complete worksheets or hands-on assignments without touching or wiggling or being disruptive to the learning community," said Oakridge Principal Lynne Wright.
This study confirms the research of our founder, Dr. Julian Reed. Active kids learn better. Looking for more information? Download our free ebook, Move to Learn: Exploring the Benefits of Movement in the Classroom.
The National Institute of Mental Health lists symptoms of ADHD as difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity or over-activity. Using movement as a tool to enhance learning has been found to decrease behavioral episodes of children with ADD and ADHD. Some ADD and ADHD can be treated with non-pharmacologic agents such as physical activity. Perhaps teaching the elementary curriculum with specific emphasis on fundamental movements could decrease the symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD.
What Does a 2015 Study Show About the Link Between Attention Disorders (ADD and ADHD) and Movement?
- According to a 2015 study by the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis, physical activity seems to allow children with ADHD to focus on what they are doing.
- In children with a diagnosis of ADHD, the 2015 study found:
- Children who moved more intensely showed better cognitive performance.
- The accuracy of children's performance on tests significantly improved when they were moving.
- Hyperactivity in children with ADHD may help them think.
Want to learn more about the benefits of movement in the classroom to students with ADHD? Download our e-book, Move to Learn: Exploring the Benefits of Movement in the Classroom.
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