1. Obesity and Exergaming: Changing the School Environment

    By Dan Lawler, Ph.D. Education Consultant   Obesity is a health crisis in the United States, as well as in many other countries around the world.   On average, an obese person in the U.S. will cost society over $6,000 a year in loss of productivity and medical treatment.  There are many experts and organizations in this country dedicated to changing this national trend, but, unfortunately,…Read More

  2. The Adults Must Know What They Are Doing, Don’t They?

    If we’re listening to the experts, all the evidence points to the importance of increasing physical education/physical activity (PE/PA) in our schools.   A compelling body of research shows that, as fitness increases, achievement increases, behavior issues decrease, and wellness increases.  Utilizing this research is one of the most compelling reasons for school administrators to use budget f…Read More

  3. Schools Beware: Tough Decisions May Result in Negative Unintended Consequences

    Ever since the Commission on Excellence in Education published the Nation at Risk in 1983, school systems across America have been racing to improve academic performance. Over the years this issue has become a major political priority. Simply put, both parties had their ideas about how to reform public education. Both sides of the political spectrum have raised credible arguments and both found co…Read More

  4. 33 Mind-boggling Stats About Childhood Obesity

    Health professionals, including nurses, may find a new and frustrating problem facing them on the job, presented by childhood obesity. The numbers are staggering, showing that childhood obesity has become a nationwide epidemic. While the nation is addressing the problem, illnesses that affect obese children often become obstacles in helping them to lose weight. Hence, obese children often become o…Read More

  5. The Riverplex Launches Exergaming Room for Kids – Peoria, IL

    An all-new state of the art Exergame Fitness facility has now opened at the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center in Peoria, Illinois complete with the world’s top tested and medically proven exergaming products. Kids, teens and adults from the Peoria area now have an exciting new exergaming room that delivers programs that combine fitness and gaming to achieve much needed results in their co…Read More

  6. Childhood Obesity: The Educational Cost

    A Message from Phil Lawler - PE4Life Many people argue that childhood obesity is not a school issue and it is not the responsibility of the school to be concerned about children’s health. Schools are designed to teach reading, math, science, English, now foreign language, and history. No Child Left Behind as made sure core academics remains the focus of American Schools. These same people argue …Read More