• WIAA and NFHS Launch #MyReasonWhy Campaign

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association has partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations to help launch a social media campaign highlighting the benefits of participation in high school extracurricular activities and sports.

    Using #MyReasonWhy, the WIAA and NFHS encourage student-athletes, parents and coaches to share positive stories in order to persuade communities to continue the investment of time and resources in extracurricular programs even during tough economic times, motivated by the belief that participation in sports and other activities can ease students’ transition from middle to high school, promote a healthy lifestyle, and increase their overall sense of belonging.

    According to Lake Country Now, extracurricular programs for athletics, music, drama, speech, debate, and others take up only between one and three percent of most high school budgets, while the return on investment is significant and personal, affecting more than fifty percent of the student body.

    The NFHS conducted a study of 140,000 high school students at various schools in Kansas, and found a strong correlation between participation in extracurriculars and higher GPA, graduation rate and scores on state assessments. Other studies have shown that high school students who participate in sports are less likely to carry a weapon, smoke, use illegal drugs or alcohol, miss school, dropout, or exhibit suicidal behavior.

    “I’m certainly not saying that these programs should be retained in favor of cutting teachers or staff,” wrote Travis Wilson, general manager of “…but considerations should be made to continue and expand extra-curricular opportunities whenever available,”

    Wilson then shared his own story of personal growth. “As a player, coach, official and now as a member of the media, I’ve had the somewhat unique opportunity to see all aspects of the high school sports experience, and it continues to solidify the idea that athletics in schools are significant positives, participation should be encouraged wherever possible, and that my own experiences in high school sports have and continue to pay dividends in many areas. And that is #MyReasonWhy,” he wrote. Read his full story at and check out more of the MyReasonWhy campaign here.

  • New PE Curriculum Turns Up the Intensity

    by Jason Scott November 2016

    Some PE programs across the state of Texas are ditching dodgeball in favor of a more functional fitness approach, and providing students with a chance to sweat and build healthy lifestyle habits in the process.

  • Senior Fitness Classes Provide Boom for Businesses

    by Erin Arvedlund November 2016

    Baby boomers and other older adults who want to stay fit are increasingly asking for more of their local exercise outlets, instructors and class leaders. Just ask Trish Feinthel, chief operating officer for the Doylestown YMCA and managing COO for the Lower Bucks Family Y, which operate under the Central Bucks Family YMCA umbrella.

  • Richard Simmons Closes Beverly Hills Fitness Studio

    by THR Staff November 2016

    Richard Simmons has closed his famous Beverly Hills exercise studio, Slimmons. The studio held its final class on Saturday morning.

  • Fitness Clubs Seek to Broaden Women's Workout Horizons

    by Jason Scott November 2016

    In college recreation centers and gyms across the country, women seem to mostly stick to the cardio equipment, rarely straying into other areas. But fitness clubs springing up on college campus are hoping to broaden women's workout horizons and get them off the elliptical and into other activities.

  • Opinion: PE Should Include Exercise

    by Albuquerque Journal November 2016

    If PE stands for physical education, it makes sense that the class include components to boost fitness and get the heart moving.

  • Ex-SEAL Starts Niche Running Gym in Oklahoma City

    by Dale Denwalt November 2016

    Zachary Morton, who left the Navy in 2015, started his studio with $300,000 in equity. He's got a three-year lease on a 1,800-square-foot storefront in The Village. He charges between $120 and $320 per month, depending on the programs that the client signs up for.

  • Lead Plaintiff in NFL Concussion Suit Had CTE

    by Telegram & Gazette November 2016

    BOSTON — Dozens of times since beginning their work on the brains of former football players, boxers and military members who suffered repeated blows to the head, researchers have announced their findings with slides of damaged tissue, strong words about the danger of concussions and perhaps a call for sports officials to take the issue more seriously. At a Boston University medical conference on Thursday, doctors put a human touch on the often clinical diagnoses, announcing to a room stocked with family members of CTE casualties that former Patriots and Eagles fullback Kevin Turner — the lead plaintiff in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit — also was a victim of the disease.

  • CrossFit-Style Workout Reaches HS PE Classes

    by John Keilman November 2016

    The most popular PE class at Waukegan High School takes place in a basement field house that has the ambience of a dungeon. Sweating is assured. Vomiting is not unusual. It's the school's version of CrossFit, the intense and trendy exercise regimen that has exploded in popularity over the last 16 years, spawning thousands of gyms, more than 1 million devotees and a professional competition broadcast on ESPN. Schools around the Chicago area have adopted CrossFit to stir student interest at a time of rising youth obesity, and some say it's reaching children left coldbytraditionalgymclasses. "I think it's a great way to teachkidslifelongfitness,especially those kids who aren't interested in hockey or soccer or basketball," said teacher Tracy Haraf of Alsip's Stony Creek Elementary, which devotes half of its PE days to CrossFitexercises."Theythink it's tough, but I think they have a lot of fun doing it."

  • City Funds App to Combat Childhood Obesity

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    O’Brien Park in Parker, Colo., has become the test site for a new system of tracking technology designed to encourage a healthier lifestyle in Colorado youth, more than 14% of whom were found to be overweight or obese in a study by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2014. The city of Parker is working in conjunction with Innovation Pavilion and Under Amour to fund the new project called 21st Century Parks.