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Brain Breaks: Classroom Fitness for Children

DVD
HYP informational handouts Handouts
Let's Cook! Kid Tested Recipes for the Whole Family Cookbook 
Micronutrient inadequacies in school children Study results
LPI fitness and nutrition study in children Study results
HYP program impact surveys Survey results
HYP in the news News articles

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Frei, S., Frei, B., & Bobe, G. (2014) Low Vitamin D Status and Inadequate Nutrient Intakes of Elementary School Children in a Highly Educated Pacific Northwest Community. Journal of Extension, 52(4). Journal Article
Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B., Bobe, G. (2015) Promoting Physical Activity in Elementary Schools: Needs Assessment and a Pilot Study of Brain Breaks. Journal of Education and Practice, 6(15). Journal Article
Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B., Wong, S.S., and Bobe, G. (2015) The role of school foodservice personnel in nutrition education: Challenges and opportunities at U.S. elementary schools. J. Health Edu. Res. Dev. 3(2): e133. Journal Article
Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B., Wong, S.S., and Bobe, G. (2015) Improving nutrition education in U.S. elementary schools: Challenges and opportunities. J. Educ. Pract. 6(30): 41-50. Journal Article
Radloff C., C Russo, C. Bennett, and G. Bobe. 2016. Best practices for sustainably integrating school gardens into the Corvallis School District Wellness Policies. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Radloff C., C Russo, C. Bennett, and G. Bobe. 2016. Parents’ attitudes about nutrition education, cooking/food preparation, and garden education being offered at public schools. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Perera, T., and G. Bobe. 2016. Revisiting pulses as a ‘Superfood’: How can we improve pulse consumption? Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Perera, T., C Russo, C. Bennett, J. Patterson Jacobs, and G. Bobe. 2016. Fresh Grown Cooking for Kids: A multisensory nutrition and cooking program for elementary school-aged children. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Perera, T., C Russo, C. Bennett, J. Patterson Jacobs, and G. Bobe. 2016. Master Chefs: A multisensory nutrition and cooking program for middle school-aged children. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Bobe G, Perera T, Frei S, and Frei B (2014) Nutrition and physical activity assessment of teachers and cafeteria personnel in Oregon elementary schools: status, perceptions, and preferences.  Poster P86 at 2014 Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference in Milwaukee, WI, June 28 – July 1, 2014.  J. Nutr. Educ. Behav. 46(4S) 141S. Abstract
Bobe, G., Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B. (2014) Brain Breaks: Physical Activity in the Classroom for Elementary School Children. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2014 Conference Proceedings. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4S). Abstract
Bobe, G., Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B. (2013) Imbalanced Food Group and Nutrient Intakes by Elementary School Children in an Affluent U.S. Community. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2013 Conference Proceedings. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(4S). Abstract
Bobe, G., Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B. (2013) Attitudes of Elementary School Teachers and Cafeteria Personnel on Improving Students’ Diets and Physical Activity Level. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2013 Conference Proceedings. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(4S). Abstract
Sembrando La Cena: Evaluation of a Pilot Spanish-Language Gardening Education Program (2014) Report
   
   
   

Brain Breaks: Classroom Fitness for Children

We are happy to announce that Brain Breaks 2: Classroom Fitness for Children is on sale now! Brain Breaks 2 features new exercises that can all be done in a classroom setting. Copies are available for $14.95, plus shipping and handling. Or you can purchase both DVDs (Brain Breaks 1 & 2) for $17.95, plus shipping and handling.
  
Brain Breaks 1 $5.00 + shipping/handling (order now! only a few left!)
Brain Breaks 2 $14.95 + shipping/handling
Brain Breaks 1 & 2 $17.95 + shipping/handling

To order, please send a check (made out to: LPI Healthy Youth Program) or cash to: 

LPI Healthy Youth Program
Oregon State University
307 Linus Pauling Science Center
Corvallis OR 97331

Please include your name and address and tell us how you plan to use the DVD(s).

 

Brain Breaks 1 CD inside cover       Brain Breaks CD Cover

 

 

 

      Brain Breaks 2 front cover

 

 

 

Background Information about Brain Breaks

Clinicians and public health officials recommend that children engage daily in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, such as brisk walking, running, cycling, or playing outdoors. However, opportunities for children to be physically active during school days have decreased in most schools across the United States. Additionally, time spent on sedentary activities like watching TV or playing computer and other video games is increasing. More than 95 percent of America's school-aged children are enrolled in school. Aside from the time spent at home, schools are the places where children spend most of their time. Most experts—supported by many research studies—agree that physical activity improves children's health. Yet, most children don't get enough physical activity during the course of their days. Due to shrinking budgets and pressures to improve academic test scores, formal physical education (PE) has been substantially reduced in most of Oregon’s Elementary Schools. We surveyed 384 elementary schools in Oregon to assess the average number of PE classes per week and the length of these PE classes.

Most of the elementary schools offer 2 PE classes of 30 minutes per week, in addition to morning and lunch-time recess. Combined recess times vary from 15 minutes to 60 minutes per day with the majority of recess times between 20 and 45 minutes. The evidence of several controlled trials showed that substituting PE with additional instructional classroom time did not improve academic performance. In contrast, many studies found that regular participation in physical activity is associated with improved academic performance. A study conducted among 243 students from kindergarten through grade four found that students' on-task behavior increased significantly on the days with physical activity breaks. Other studies also showed that regular physical activity breaks enhanced academic performance, academic focus, and classroom behavior.*

To provide children with more activity breaks during their school day, we recruited sports exercise and media students from Oregon State University to produce an exercise DVD called Brain Breaks: Classroom Fitness for Children. The short segments of physical activity breaks in the DVD are demonstrated by OSU sports exercise students, OSU student athletes, and local school children. They can all be done in a classroom setting. All the segments were filmed in the KVBR Studio, a student-run television station on the Oregon State University campus. They include include stretching and flexibility, strengthening and aerobic moves such as jumping in place.

*Active Education. Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance. Active Living Research. Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Support Active Communities. Research Brief Summer 2009. Retrieved from www.activelivingresearch.org.

 

 

Let's Cook! Cookbook

Kid-tested recipes for the whole family.

Let's Cook cookbooks are now available!

To order your copy, please send $9.95 (price includes shipping and handling) to:

LPI Healthy Youth Program
Oregon State University
307 Linus Pauling Science Center
Corvallis OR 97331

Please include your name and address. We will ship your cookbook within a week!