Physical EducationTom Jacobson, Director(201) 858-5914The Health, Physical Education and Community Education Department welcomes all families back for the 2017-2018 school year. Our department's goal for this year is to "GET KIDS MOVING". As a district we'll be offering numberous after school activities including basketball, softball, flag football, volleyball, tennis, fencing, hockey/skating, and swimming. We encourage all of our families to take advantage of these opportunities to improve student health, socialization skills, and sportsmanship. Looking forward to seeing you!
Family Exercise Ideas for Every Season
The key to an active family is finding fun things to do in every season. Aim for a goal of 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for kids of moderate activity daily — no matter the weather!Summer Activity is Crucial for Children
A study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine suggests physical fitness gains made by obese children who participated in a lifestyle-focused physical education class during the school year were lost after the three-month summer break.
Don't let your child spend his summer sitting on the couch. Teach him or her to enjoy the benefits of being physically active. Help your child stay fit this summer with these ideas:
- Sign your child up for a local sports camp or swimming lessons.
- Make going for a walk, run or bike ride together a scheduled event.
- Go hiking and have the kids tell you 10 points of natural interest to enjoy.
- Take up a new hobby together, such as inline skating, tennis or hiking.
- Run through the sprinkler when it's hot outside.
- When it's raining, stay inside, turn on some music and have a dance party.
- Set up neighborhood contests including jump rope, hula hoop or hopscotch.
- Organize community kickball, soccer or softball games or relay races.
- Host a bicycle or dog wash on your street.
Being active now also helps reduce their risk of chronic health problems later in life. Encourage your kids to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Teaching the importance of physical activity while your kids are young will help them maintain the habit when they're older.