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Kids Benefit More Playing With Boxes Than With Expensive Toys
2014-03-03 15:12:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cheap parents rejoice! Australian researchers have found that giving buckets, boxes and other makeshift toys to children help them be more creative and active than being in a normal playground setting. Based on long-term research by scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the new study found that simple, common objects given to children during recess and lunchtime can minimize sedentary time by 50 percent, improve...

2013-10-08 23:34:32

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota has branded itself “The Official Sponsor of Recess” in an effort to fight childhood obesity. The organization sponsored an indoor playground, built by PLAYTIME, at West Acres Regional Shopping Center. Fargo, ND (PRWEB) October 08, 2013 In 2012, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) officially dubbed itself “The Official Sponsor of Recess™.” As such, BCBSND is sponsoring projects and programs that inspire activity – and active...

2013-08-14 23:00:38

National Wildlife Federation Programs Help Connect Kids to Nature at School Reston, VA (PRWEB) August 15, 2013 In the coming weeks, parents and children across the country will prepare for the return to school: supplies will be purchased, outfits will be picked out and end-of-summer vacations will be taken. Sadly, for many kids, the return to school also means an abrupt end to outdoor fun. Whereas summer break is synonymous with camping trips, backyard adventures, water activities and...

2013-07-17 08:31:15

National Institute for Play Launches IPEMA-Supported Encyclopedia of Play Science HARRISBURG, Pa., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Institute for Play, with support from the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) has published the first round of academic research surrounding the benefits of free play on the newly-created Encyclopedia of Play Science. The Encyclopedia establishes the field of play science and is free and open to the public, providing...

Schools Should Be Doing More To Get Students Physically Active
2013-05-23 14:12:48

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Public schools who feel the pressure to perform academically at a level to hit certain testing targets are often tempted to shift their focus from extracurricular activities to the core subjects. Unfortunately, many school systems see physical education as an extracurricular activity and therefore have reduced the amount of time students are given to not only be active during the day, but learn valuable lessons about healthy...

2013-05-14 08:33:16

Randomized controlled trial of popular recess program shows widespread benefits, including less bullying, more physical activity, and more time for teaching. PRINCETON, N.J., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study released today from Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University suggests that there may be more to recess than just a break in the school day. The randomized controlled trial of Playworks, a...

Playing Outside Helps Reduce Nearsightedness In Children
2013-05-01 19:09:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the May issue of Ophthalmology say kids who get a little outdoor recess time at school have a reduced risk of developing nearsightedness. The research includes two studies conducted in separate countries involving different children. The first study, conducted in Taiwan, was the first to use an educational policy as a public vision health intervention. This study found when children are required to spend...

2013-03-13 18:04:51

Despite overwhelming evidence about the benefits of physical activity for children, most American youngsters are not meeting the federal recommendation of 60 minutes a day. A new study by a team of University of Tennessee researchers has identified specific ways–and estimated minutes for each approach–that can help children achieve the recommended daily physical activity goal. The results of various approaches, ranging from mandatory physical education in school to changes...

Pediatric Group Says Recess Just As Important As Math, Reading
2012-12-31 08:30:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ask a school full of children what their favorite part of the school day is and many will say recess. And while some education experts might feel recess is taking away from other important academic activities, at least one group is supporting play time at school. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new policy statement saying recess should never be withheld for punitive or academic reasons. Recess helps keep...

2012-12-12 05:04:14

New Social Photo-Sharing App is Now Live in the App Store Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) December 11, 2012 Just in time for the holiday season, Recess Creative, a Cleveland based digital advertising and marketing agency, has launched HolidayGram a new social photo sharing app for iPhone and iPod touch. “HolidayGram is the first app that´s focused on creating custom holiday cards that you can share via facebook, twitter, email or by paper postcard,” said Chris Jungjohann, Managing...