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Winter is here - Don't let the weather keep you indoors

Winter is here but it's no reason to stay indoors. There are plenty of fun things to do in outdoor Wisconsin to fight the winter blues and keep active.

First, invest in some warm clothing. Here are some tips for dressing appropriately for cold temperatures:

1. Dress in layers - lighter thin layers insulate better.

2. Invest in some good insulated winter waterproof boots. They should hit mid-calf or higher for snow drifts and fit properly. Boots that have liners can be pulled out and dried easier. Make sure the tread is sufficient to prevent slips and falls.

3. Warm socks that are made up of at least 25% wool will insulate better.

4. A warm coat that covers the entire body. Down coats keep in the warmth without extra weight.

5. Make sure to cover the ears and head; places where heat escapes quickly.

6. Good gloves or mittens and even some hand warmers.

7. Snowpants or long underwear keep the lower body warm.

8. Know the temperatures and wind chill and watch uncovered skin, wet skin or cold extremities which are prone to frostbite.

Second, Don't go it alone. Winter fun is more fun with people to enjoy the outdoors with. You don't have to be out for a long time to reap the benefits of fresh air and sunshine on winter days. 15 - 20 minutes is a good amount of time unless you are extremely active and moving.

Lastly, remember that your body does acclimate to lower temperatures after a time. That may help your winter outlook if you are not a cold weather person. Get outdoors this season and you may find that the childhood love of the winter might come right back!

Lastly, Try some of these fun winter activities:

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Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE)

SHAPE America Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

SHAPE America Mission

SHAPE America's mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.

SHAPE America offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including standards-based workshops, webinars, timely podcasts and events for preK-12 educators, college/university faculty, coaches and researchers. The 2017 National SHAPE Conference is held in Boston this spring. Teachers who will attend in March will have a chance to improve their professional teaching portfolio with hundreds of new ideas for their classroom.

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Section School and Mukwonago High School Receive CESA 1 School Wellness Grant

The Mukwonago Area School DIstrict's Section Elementary School and Mukwonago High School were chosen to be a part of the CESA 1 School Wellness Policy Learning Collaborative for the 2016-17 school year. The focus of the project is to:

1. Strengthen the district and school infrastructure to improve the school health environment.

2. Decrease the risk of chronic diseases by implementing policy, systems and environmental changes in order to address obesity.

The team at Section Elementary School is composed of Principal, Bob Slane, and teachers, Mickey Neumann and Jill Ruland. The team at Mukwonago High School is composed of Principal, Jim Darin, and teachers, Stacey Butalla and Jennifer Skemp. Nancy Movrich, Pep Coordinator, is serving as the advisor to the project.

The groups are working on their school environment and ways to provide more movement among students and staff with a walking track, standing desk stations and active learning in their buildings.

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"Destination Fitness" - Employees are MOVING at PVMS!

It began several years ago with Park View Middle School Middle School teacher, Jen Serkowski's desire to improve her own health and fitness and has now snowballed into a district wide effort for teachers (and soon a student program) to become more health conscious.

The program first started as a weight loss program at Park View Middle School under the direction of Jen. The program was called "The Biggest Loser", taken after the popular TV show. Teachers paid to play and competed to achieve a percentage of their weight loss goal for the week. Payment came back to them through better health, a sense of personal accomplishment, the backing of their fellow support staff and a little incentive prize each week. It worked!

This fall the program was renamed "Destination Fitness" and the focus has changed from weight loss to increased movement and activity. Teachers wear pedometers and track their weekly steps. The end result is not only weight loss but achieving other "steps" that lead to a healthy lifestyle. Most Americans are not overweight strictly from overeating, but also lack daily physical movement. By wearing a pedometer, teachers actively try to reach their goal of 10,000 steps per day.

Starting in January, the program will branch out to Section Elementary School and Mukwonago High School, as well as a Park View Student Program.

So many students and staff have fallen off the wagon and struggle on where or how to start up again. Jen Skerkowski is providing that first "step" by promoting fitness in a fun and team-centered way.

To see how potential health risks may affect our future generation of children please watch the following video:

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Park View Middle School among 67 Wisconsin Schools to Achieve the Wisconsin School Health Award

Park View Middle School was recently recognized for its work to promote the Wisconsin trend of families, teachers, school administrators, students, and community members joining forces to promote healthy schools.

To help motivate and empower Wisconsin schools as they create and maintain healthy school environments, State Superintendent Tony Evers and the Department of Public Instruction support the Wisconsin School Health Award as a way to recognize schools with policies, programs, and the infrastructure to support and promote healthy school programming; parental and community involvement; and staff wellness.

Park View Middle School was among 67 Wisconsin Schools who received the Bronze Level Wisconsin School Health Award on October 26th for the 2015-16 school year. The award signifies Park View Middle School's commitment to providing students with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions that contribute to their academic success. Park View was commended for having a safe school environment with solid health and safety policies, health education, physical education, nutrition services, family and community involvement, and health promotion clubs and activities for their students and staff.

Park View principal Mark Doome and PEP Coordinator Nancy Movrich attended the Wisconsin School Health Awards Ceremony in the Wisconsin Dells to accept the award.

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Taste Testing at Section Elementary School

Students are not only learning about nutrition as it relates to health and activity in Mickey Neumann's PE classes, they are also getting a chance to try some of Wisconsin's favorite foods. Like apples.

"Apples are one of the healthiest foods a person can eat. They are high in fiber and vitamin C, and they are also low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and no fat or cholesterol. "Apples are high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants,” said Laura Flores, a nutritionist based in San Diego.

Kindergarten and first Graders at Section Elementary School were fishing in physical education class. That is "Fishin' for Nutrition", where students use magnetic poles and catch food cards to complete their "MyPlate" healthy meal. Students use the guidelines from to choose a healthy and balanced meal.

When their plate was complete they had a chance to sample different flavors of apples and chose the one they liked best. The winner? A juicy sweet red apple seems to be the favorite at Section School.

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