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NFL PLAY 60
In October 2007, the National Football League (NFL) started a youth health and fitness campaign called NFL PLAY 60. In an effort to combat childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 focuses on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be physically active for a minimum of 60 minutes each day...
Pacific Outdoor Products
Pacific Outdoor Products began as Timber Playsystems, which Samuel Emmons founded in 1981. What started as a way “to build something for his children to play on” grew quickly and was acknowledged in 1988 as one of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies. Selling commercial and residential wood...
Play It Safe, An Anthology of Playground Safety
The original Play It Safe, An Anthology of Playground Safety was edited by Monty Christiansen in 1992. Hans Vogelsong joined Monty in editing the 2nd edition, which was published in 1996 by The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). NRPA's National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI)...
Bullying
Bullying has been defined as a type of aggressive behavior that causes distress or harm, demonstrates an imbalance of power, and is repeated over time. The child being bullied usually has a difficult time defending himself, while the bully gets great satisfaction from his aggression, perpetuating...
White House Conference on Bullying Prevention
The White House Conference on Bullying Prevention was held on March 10, 2011. Hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama along with the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, the conference brought together approximately 150 students, parents,...
Perfect Rubber Mulch
Julie Cole founded Perfect Rubber Mulch in 2000 as a division of her company Just Gardens Landscaping. Due to rapid growth over the next six years, the division became its own company, Perfect Rubber Mulch Enterprises LLC, headquartered in Jefferson, Ohio. Their tire recycling manufacturing plants...
Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play
Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, now known as The Strong, officially named their library and archive holdings the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play in 2009. With 130,000 volumes the library is “devoted to the intellectual, social, and cultural history of play.”...
Home Safety Council
As a national non-profit organization, the Home Safety Council (HSC) is dedicated to preventing home-related injuries through educating the public. The Home Safety Council is a “leading source for home safety tips, checklists and information about home fire safety, falls prevention, poison...
Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori was one of the most influential pioneers in education for children in the 20th century, and her methods have continued to be utilized in Montessori schools around the world. Her discoveries in working with children led to teaching methods that allow for child-directed learning...
Motor Skills
Motor skills refer to the development of motor control, precision, and accuracy in the performance of both fundamental and more complex movements. They involve the movement of the muscles in the body, which are divided into two groups: gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills...

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Summer 2014 Playground Magazine: Sports and Fitness

Summer 2014 Playground Magazine: Sports and Fitness
With the growing concern about the childhood obesity epidemic, the attention has been drawn to the health and fitness of our children. This issue highlights many of the great organizations involved in promoting good health through sports and fitness programs. The benefits of youth sports and the challenges of including children of all abilities are considered along with the recent push to encourage children to be more active physically. A reference directory of sports and fitness organizations that promote healthy living for our children is provided as a great resource.