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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.21

"Be Fit for Life," Says P.E. Teacher of the Year


Named best high school physical education teacher of 2000 by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) , Dale Kephart uses fun and music to help kids get fit for life. Kephart, a former Olympic gymnast, shared her thoughts about physical education and physical fitness for life with Education World.

"I have always loved to teach," said Kephart after being named best high school physical education teacher in the nation for the year 2000. The NASPE, a nonprofit organization of more than 20,000 professionals in the fitness and physical education fields, sponsored the award. Teaching physical education has been the perfect career choice for this former Olympic gymnast, now a grandmother.

Kephart isn't one of those gym class teachers standing on the sidelines, blowing a whistle while instructing the students. In fact, she doesn't even use a whistle. She uses music -- usually the kind that tends to get kids moving!

"I have always used music in my classes," Kephart said. "It is motivating. I try to use all types of music and especially pop tunes that are current -- but I have to choose songs with good language and that are positive and motivating. I use music for warm ups, cool downs, specific activities, and often just as a background."

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Reaching Kids in Schools, Sports Programs

Alameda County (California) Nutrition Services provides nutrition education five fourth-grade classes in the Oakland Unified School District and to children participating in the City of Oakland's Parks and Recreation sports programs on four consecutive Saturdays. The goal of the program is to improve the eating habits and model positive healthful behavior for low-income students in the Oakland school district and 12-to-14-year-old girls in the citys sports programs.

In the first year of the program, the Nutrition Services reached 427 fourth graders and 197 girls in the Parks and Recreation sports programs.

Fourth graders who participated in four one-hour education sessions demonstrated an increase of 85.9 percent in knowledge of the Food Guide Pyramid and the number of daily recommended servings of certain foods. In the City of Oakland Parks and recreation sports program nutrition education classes, 49 percent of the children ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day before the classes. After the classes, 61 percent of the children ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Read more about this program at: In-Class and Parks & Recreation Nutrition Education.

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