Fun Stuff for Physical Education #81 
September 24, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #81
September 24, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, PE

1. Editor's Note

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #81 
September 24, 2009
Whew - it's been a busy two weeks, with both my high school and university cross-country runners starting their season and two XC races to help organize. But the weather has been amazing and things have gone well. I hope your season start-ups have been as positive!

This issue of Fun Stuff for PE provides some excellent free content. This includes our "Free Resources" section in which I describe a website that will help you organize a running program in your school; our blog, in which I discuss the savings possible from instituting nation-wide mandatory physical education versus the costs of president Obama's health care reforms; and our free article from the archives - a way to increase the amount of passing among your students by changing the scoring system in their volleyball games.

There are also many free resources on the PE website, including more than 30 sample articles, a links page, the latest PE-related RSS Headlines, and a Fun Stuff newsletter archive.

Of course, paid PE Update members receive numerous advantages, including access to over 2100 searchable articles that you can read, print or email; the PE forum; and dozens of instructional videos. If you're not already a member of the PE website, then join up today!! It will cost you only $4.95 per month, or $29.95 a year! To get more information, watch our video tour at: PE Update Video Tour

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #81 
September 24, 2009
2. From the Web - Free Resources


Just Run is a free, web-based program that provides PE teachers with the tools necessary to establish a successful running and fitness program for their school. Classes collectively accumulate mileage in "virtual runs" across the USA or Europe, then track their route on the Just Run website.

The program provides educational lessons. Hundreds of locations through which the children run are web-linked, highlighting geography, history, and points of interest. Other elements to the program include the "Just Deeds" feature that encourages kids to perform acts of good citizenship, and the nutritional component, "Just Taste," that promotes healthy eating.

See the Just Run website at:


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September 24, 2009
3. New Additions to the Website

Here are the Articles that were added to the PE Update website over the past four weeks.
These articles are available only to paid members of PE

  • Equipment: Telephone Book Aerobics Steps
    How to make homemade aerobics steps from old telephone books. Great for primary-school physical education classes.

  • Fitness: Nordic Walking Not as Effective for Rehab as Once Thought
    Nordic walking, in which students walk with adapted nordic ski poles, does not reduce impact stress.

  • Games (Video): Rutabaga Bowling
    A group bowling contest for physical education class that uses irregularly-shaped rutabagas instead of bowling balls.

  • Resources: The Just Run Program
    A free program that allows you to track your physical education students' route in virtual runs across the USA and Europe.

  • Sport Psychology: The Name Game Icebreaker
    A physical education icebreaker activity that combines a warm-up with introductions to the names of classmates.

  • XC Running/Track: The Best Workouts for Developing Aerobic Fitness
    A study revealed that a 4 X 4-minute interval running workout provided the most effective workout for improving aerobic fitness.

The PE website has 437 other articles on these six topics! Become a member and you can read them all today! Click Here!


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September 24, 2009
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Fun Stuff for Physical Education #81 
September 24, 2009
4. From the PE Update Blog

Monday Morning Musings on the World of Sports, Coaching & Physical Education from Editor, Dick Moss.

President Obama's proposed health care reforms could cost between $90 and $150 billion per year. Here's one way to pay for this huge expenditure…through physical education!



Fun Stuff for Physical Education #81 
September 24, 2009
5. From the Archives

In every issue, I'll highlight a useful article from the PE Update Archives. The article will be available to non-members of the website for a week, and to members forever! This issue's article is:


Are you tired of watching the students in your volleyball unit hit the ball back and forth over the net without attempting to pass? Here's an easy way to encourage more passing and participation!

The PE website has 75 other "Volleyball" articles ready for you to read! Become a member and get access to them today! Click Here!


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