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Leadership Engagement Positively Affects Students' Physical Activity

Posted By Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD, FACSM, Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Updated: Friday, January 24, 2020
Great research on how your pedometer/fitness monitor is positively affected when leadership is engaged. In this case, when the teacher moved, the students moved. The same will hold true with your tribe. Get leadership engaged and people will adapt to the leader's routines.  

Pedometer program promotes physical activity for children and teachers in the classroom and could be a practical way for students and teachers to work towards achieving the 2018 PA Guidelines for both teachers and students while in a school setting. 

Implementation of a Pedometer Program to reach the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines during the School day in an Elementary School Setting


The 2018 Physical Activity (PA) Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released the 2018 PA Guidelines, which clearly state that PA bouts of any duration or length contribute to the health benefits associated with the accumulated volume of PA. A teacher-led Health and Wellness Committee at an elementary school created a pedometer program focused on increasing PA and movement throughout the school day for teachers and students in order to meet the 2018 PA Guidelines during the school day. This paper will outline the “how-to’s” of the pedometer program in order to encourage program replication and best practices in an elementary school setting. 


In 31 self-contained classrooms, teachers and one rotating student per classroom wore a pedometer during the school day and recorded step counts over two academic school years. 


The pedometer program revealed a significant increase in steps during the school day for teachers and students.  


The pedometer program promoted PA for children and teachers in the classroom and could be a practical way for students and teachers to work towards achieving the 2018 PA Guidelines for both teachers and students while in a school setting.

Research conducted by: P. Brian Kiessling II, M.S. (Corresponding Author); Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD, FACSM; Jessica Yoder, MPH; Michael Frisby, M.S.

Tags:  Leadership  Physical Activity  Physical Wellness  Research 

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Wellness in 10 - Ten Tips for Remaining Healthy This Winter

Posted By NWI, Monday, December 18, 2017

December is upon us which means we have hit one of the busiest times of the year. Although this month is filled with exciting events, most of us can’t deny that sometimes our wellness falls to the bottom of our priority list. To help you combat some of the urges to stay inside or indulge in savory foods, use the tips below to help you remain healthy during this time of year.  


  1. Don’t skip meals: We’ve all been here before. Skipping meals seems like a good way to save on calories, however when you do this, you are more likely to eat faster and in larger amounts. If you do want to save yourself some calories, stick to eating small, healthy snacks throughout the day.   
  2. Eat mindfully: Instead of diving into your meals, focus on how delicious the food tastes and take conscious bites. This will ensure you don’t overeat and as a bonus, you really get to enjoy your food! 
  3. Eat until you are full: If you want to save space for a dessert or just avoid the uncomfortable feeling that comes with eating too much, pay attention to how much you are eating and don’t go back for second helpings.  
  4. Eat food from a smaller plate: This old trick is a great way to ensure you don’t overeat while feeling like you’re getting your plate (and stomach!) full.  
  5. Know general portion sizes: Believe it or not, you can eyeball most portions and know whether you’re meeting the recommendations- no food scale required, we promise! Below are some common portion size comparisons you can use. 
  1. Meat: A 4 oz. portion of meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of the average smartphone
  2. Cheese: Your thumb can serve as a measurement for about a 1 oz. portion of cheese
  3. Chocolate: Chocolate portions should be about 1 oz., which is about the size of a dental floss container 
  4. Nuts: Picture an egg to estimate about a ¼ cup of nuts.  

Physical Activity

  1. Stay active by scheduling time in advance: By scheduling workouts in your planner, you are more likely to stick to your workout routine.  
  2. Incorporate ways to be active in your daily routine: Plan times to walk outside, or make chores more physically active around the house.  
  3. Use web-based exercise videos: For the times that you don’t want to leave home, turn to the internet to help you find workouts you can do from the convenience of your living room.  As a bonus, you usually can find workout videos that will perfectly match the amount of time you have to spend and the type of workout you want to achieve. 
  4. Make it a family event: Find a 5k run/walk in your neighborhood that you can do with family or friends. Events such as these are fun ways to incorporate physical activity in your day while having fun with the people you love! 
  5. Walk laps in a shopping center: Pair any holiday shopping with physical activity by taking a few laps around the shopping center.  

Tags:  Health  Holidays  Nutrition  Physical Activity 

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Boys Encouraged to Be More Active Than Girls

Posted By NWI, Monday, April 4, 2016

An Australian study at University of Canberra published in the journal PLOS One found that boys are objectively more physically fit than girls to a degree that indicates external influences over attitudes in fitness are at play.


The study found that, of the 550 Australian 8-and 12-year-old boys and girls, the girls were 19% less physically active than the boys, resulting in 18% lower cardio-respiratory fitness, 44% lower eye-hand coordination, higher percentages of body fat, and 9% lower feelings of competence in physical education.


The authors of the study attribute these differences to the amount of support each gender receives at home and in school to be physically active. The studies authors posit that, although other factors could influence the amount of physical activity girls get, promotion of physical activity to girls at home and in school to match the level of support received by boys could go far to reduce the gap between genders.

Tags:  Children  Health  Physical Activity  Wellness 

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