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ProQuest SIRS Discoverer: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month


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 It’s time to move it, move it! National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is here. And now that the weather is warmer, you can use SIRS Discoverer’s Spotlight of the Month to learn about all sorts of ways to be active and increase fitness as a kid of any age.

In this month’s edition, see how kids compare to parents when they were young in activity level. Also learn about yoga, archery, lacrosse, the effects of cellphones and how just 15 minutes of daily exercise has great benefits.

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition designated May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in order to encourage individuals and organizations to participate in sports and fitness. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports was established by Congress in 1983 knowing that people of all ages, shapes and sizes can benefit from regular physical activity.

Back-to-School with SIRS: Healthy Behaviors to Boost Academic Success


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Hello educators! The beginning of the school year is a good time to remind your students about healthy habits to alleviate back-to-school blues and promote academic success. Three important—and interwoven–healthy habits are good nutrition, adequate sleep and physical exercise.

Just how important are these three healthy habits for academic performance and well-being?

The benefits are many and include alleviation of stress, improved physical and mental wellbeing, and better concentration and critical thinking ability in the classroom.

With SIRS Issues Researcher, set your students on the path to academic success and good health by having them research the benefits long-term healthy behaviors. Here are some subject headings to get them started:

  • Children, Health and hygiene
  • Children, Nutrition
  • Exercise for youth
  • School children, Food
  • Sleep deprivation

Students can enter one of the subject headings above into the search box or use keyword/natural language searching to retrieve newspapers, magazines, multimedia and more.

Good classroom debate topics that relate to health and wellness are covered in our Leading Issues under the Drugs, Health and Wellness group, and include topics such as Fad Diets, Obesity and Sports for Children.

We wish you and your students a happy and healthy school year. Share with us in the comment box below what you are doing to promote healthy habits in your classroom!


Get Moving for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.” – First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010  

let's move campaign

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a tug of war competition during a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London, England, July 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

Educators, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and as warm weather approaches, there is no better time than now to get our students excited about getting active and healthy.

With obesity rates reaching epic proportions, teaching our children about the benefits of physical activity,  sports participation, and good nutrition can have a lasting impression.

Jump start the conversation on the importance of an active lifestyle by incorporating SIRS Issues Researcher’s in-depth coverage of the effects of obesity on our society into your lesson plans. Through features such as Topic Overview, Pro/Con Essential Questions and up-to-date graphics and statistics, students will gain a better understanding of why a healthy, active lifestyle at home and around the community is beneficial.

What are some of the ways you will kick-start National Fitness and Sports Month? Let us know by commenting below!