WHPE JanuaryUpdate

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Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!

What an amazing Year 2014 was. It was both exhausting and invigorating! I have never been more busy in my career than in 2014. I heard the same from almost every teacher I talked to as well. I also have never been more invigorated by what I am seeing and hearing. Everyday we get more support for what we do. it is in the news, in our schools, everywhere. Just last week Thursday a study was released that showed that lack of exercise was responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity, see below.

I was in a meeting last week with a regional superintendent. who was excited about a brain break she saw in an elementary classroom. That would not have happened five years ago.

We have a lot of hope, we also have a lot of things to keep fighting for. Keep up the good work and have a wonderful new year. And speaking of Hope, when I wrote this, it was Saturday the 17th. We were hopeful for a Packer win, unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. But I will still end with, Go Pack!


Brett Fuller

WHPE President

Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart!

Don't forget to sign up for a Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart event!

You provide huge impact to your community, a great educational experience for your students, raise funds for research and you help support your profession every time you run an event. Get in touch with your local AHA Youth Marking Director or Patty Kestell!

Check out the SHAPE America page! OR the AHA page!

Story Time with dice!

Rory's story cubes may be the perfect addition to your PE or health classroom - 9 dice, each with different pictures on them, that you use to create a story, explain a problem, or use as a processing or debriefing tool with your students. You can either purchase the dice as a set or download the app - check out the website to learn more.

A Dynamic start to your lessons!

Jorge Rodriguez has created a dynamic stretching warm up with his students to share with the PE community - this could work as a classroom activity break or as a warm up for your class to participate in.
Dynamic Stretching Routine

You've been challenged!

Deseronto Public School in Ontario, Canada has laid down the gauntlet - the 5th and 6th grade students have created a "BURP IT ON" challenge for your students to complete 50 burpees, 3 minute wall sit, 100 jumping jacks, and 15 minutes of running/ jogging and/or jumping within a week.

Does your school and your students have what it takes to complete this challenge? Please let the students of Deseronto Public School know how you've done either via Twitter or via their website. Check out the video they have made for the challenge below and let's get Wisconsin schools supporting this awesome & student directed physical activity project!

Burp It On

The Physed Summit

The first #Physed Summit was held back in October - 8 sessions were held over a 2 hour period and all were recorded using Google Hangouts on Air. Session topics included physical literacy, meaningful integration of technology in physical education, standards based grading, teaching games for understanding (TGfU), and round table discussions for pre-service, elementary, middle, and high school level teachers. You can access these sessions here.

Mark your calendars for the Physed Summit 2.0 on Saturday February 21st, 10am -12pm. You can view the summit schedule here and remember if you can't view the sessions live they will all be available afterwards via hangouts on air.

Free professional development you can view in your own home!

2015 WHPE Awards and Grants Deadline

Sunday, Feb. 1st, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Don't forget that the 2015 WHPE Awards nominations are due on February 1st. Please nominate a colleague (or yourself) for one of these awards.

The deadline for WHPE Grant submissions is also February 1st. Thinking of submitting a grant? You can find all the guidelines here.

Please go to the WHPE website under awards!

Hot Topics in Health Education and Physical Education

Wednesday, March 4th, 8:30am-3pm

3060 South Kinney Coulee Road

Onalaska, WI

Join us for a one day WHPE/DPI co-sponsored event. Each break out sessions will cover Hot Topics in both Health Education and Physical Education.

You can view the event flyer here and register online here or by mailing your registration in (details on the flyer). There is a block of rooms reserved at the Stoney Creek Inn, Onalaska for the night of March 3rd, 2015 for anyone attending the Hot Topics workshop. Room rate is $70 for a King or Queen deluxe rooms. Please call 1-800-659-2220 and ask for the WHPE block of rooms. The reservation deadline is February 19th, 2015.