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Nov. 17, 2018

Nov 17, 2018
 

My wife sometimes fills in as a substitute teacher for the public school system, working with grade-school students. We often talk about the behavior of the kids and how she often feels more like a babysitter than a teacher because of behavior of many of the kids in the class.

There seem to be a lot of factors that cause this behavior, including things like early class times, early lunch and a lack of physical activity during the day. Kids will be kids and they need to get a chance to use some of that fidgeting energy during the whole day. She has often told me they need to have some activity breaks during the day to “let off some steam.”

 

This week, Angela Reyes, our Pharm.D. Candidate from LECOM College of Pharmacy, has a great article on interrupting sedentary behavior in the classroom. It appears that if we gave kids six minutes per hour to move around, not only would we have better behaved students, but we can have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, obesity, and more. Check out Item #5 and share with all your teacher friends.

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We can make a difference!

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Dave Joffe

Editor-in-chief