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The latest issue of magazine is filled with valuable content for the health and physical education community, including:



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High rates of stress have been found among college students during the COVID-19 pandemic, and research on students’ use of coping strategies during the pandemic is needed, particularly during periods of extensive restrictions on campus. This study from the May/June issue of the American Journal of Health Education (AJHE) examined stress and coping during a campus red alert at a mid-sized U.S. university. The results of the study can be used to guide health education efforts for college students during public health events.


Teach Kids to Ride Bikes


The All Kids Bike Kindergarten Learn-to-Ride Program is a fleet of 24 bikes, pedal conversion kits, helmets, one teacher instruction bike, and certified curriculum teacher training, which is everything needed to teach kids how to progress from balance to riding a bike in 8 lessons!


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Registration is now open for this two-part, workshop-style webinar series, which combines instructional and collaborative components. Participants will gain strategies for integrating SEL competencies into their physical education program, alongside physical activity and skill-development goals. The program’s content is based on the text Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education by Paul Wright and Kevin Richards, who will be the instructors for these webinars. The two 90-minute sessions will be held at 7 p.m. ET on August 7 and August 14.


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Enrollment is now open for , a new SHAPE America professional learning experience (PLE) that combines high-quality professional development with enrollment in a private, professional learning community (PLC). Held over the course of four months — August through November — the program features live Zoom instruction by renowned health education scholar Mary Connolly, as well as self-guided study and peer-to-peer collaboration. Spots are limited.


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The SHAPE America Board of Directors recently finalized the organization’s new strategic direction. The document, available on the SHAPE America website, outlines five pillars that will guide the work of the organization over the next three years: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI); Advocacy; Community; Knowledge & Practice; and Sustainability.

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Health and physical educators across the country are sharing ideas, resources and more!


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  • This video is a recording of a virtual event hosted by SHAPE America’s Motor Behavior Special Interest Group (SIG). It featured three preeminent scholars in the field of motor behavior: Jerraco Johnson (University of North Texas); Sam Logan (Oregon State University); and David Stodden (University of South Carolina).


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Focusing on the unique nature of qualitative methods within kinesiology settings, Qualitative Research and Evaluation in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy guides graduate students and early career researchers through designing, conducting, and reporting of qualitative research studies with specific references to the challenges and possibilities of the field.


News Around the Nation


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There’s not enough evidence to determine whether social media is safe enough for children and adolescents when it comes to their mental health, according to a new advisory from the U.S. surgeon general. The report cites several ways in which social media may cause harm to youth mental health. It details studies that found correlations between social media use and depression and anxiety, as well as poor sleep, online harassment, and low self-esteem, particularly for girls.



For the first time, Gridley Middle School is teaching its students about the game and culture of wheelchair basketball. Physical education teacher Paul Cunningham says throughout the weeklong lesson, students learned about how adaptive sports can be for anyone — not just athletes with a disability. He hopes this will change how we understand physical education. “PE has changed … We want to get them fitness minded, but we also want them to be good people. There’s a big citizenship and teamwork piece to physical education.”



When students need to get their wiggles out so they can settle down to learn, this simple movement-based brain break does the trick. Third- and fourth-grade teacher Fiona Medley at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School has a great brain break that brings her learners back to attention when they get restless — she writes action words on Popsicle sticks and draws them as prompts that allow students to explore how to move to the word written on the stick.


Medical Xpress

Fatigue is not synonymous with tiredness. Currently, the impact of fatigue in educational settings for students with disabilities is poorly understood by teachers, administrators, policymakers and parents or caregivers and students themselves. Educators frequently fail to understand the importance of providing educational supports to mitigate fatigue, or mislabel symptoms of fatigue with terms like laziness, stubbornness or a behavioral problem.

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