And Now the Good News

Editor's Note: It is natural to feel uneasy in times of change and uncertainty. It is also natural to be drawn to negative thoughts and worst-case scenarios. As advocates of the "whole child," educators are encouraged to maintain perspective in the moment with an eye toward the long term. In that spirit, enjoy these "tidbits of today's good news."
Resources Galore:   As many schools move to distance learning due to COVID-19, SHAPE America is working with K-12 health and physical educators to compile resources that will help you provide high-quality, standards-based lessons in a virtual environment. Adapt, repurpose or use these resources for connected educators as you see fit. The March Mind & Body calendars are a great resource for students. The calendars encourage students to stay physically active while working on aspects of mental wellness, too. Available for both elementary and secondary — in English and Spanish.
Social media offers countless resources too. Use the twitter hashtag #HPEatHome to effortlessly curate a comprehensive, easily accessible, and every growing set of resources.
You Are Not Alone:   School closures and other life disruptions may contribute to feelings of isolation. Consider this: the massive wave of school closures and social distancing may be the largest and most rapidly embraced expression of mutual respect the state and nation have ever expressed.

Source: Education Week (3/18/2020)

In the days ahead, forward-thinking educators will take the opportunity to 'gift' health literacy and physical literacy to their students and their students' families. During this time of disconnectedness, connecting to the joy of movement may offer lasting impact.
On the subject of life-lasting impact, a review of Grade Level Outcomes may re-inspire teaching methods in this unique environment of learning. For example, one Learning Objective (grade 8) is expressed as follows:
"Accepts responsibility for improving one’s own levels of physical activity and fitness."

The potential of combining distance education, individualized learning, self-expression and self-motivation allow educators to offer new opportunities for life learning.
Promising Research   Researchers tested the immune response to COVID-19 in an otherwise healthy woman in her 40s, who required hospital admission (Nature Medicine, March 16, 2020). Three days after the patient was admitted, her immune system produced huge amounts of several immune cells that are used to show that a person will recover from a seasonal influenza infection. This indicates that she had recovered in three days. Even though COVID-19 is caused by a brand-new virus never seen before, an otherwise healthy person was able to develop a healthy and normal immune response that signifies recovery. (contributed: Dr. Gabe Mirkin) Most severe cases to date involve individuals with underlying conditions suggesting the best medicine may be good continuous doses of health-inducing movement.


"For many, especially youth, the best gym is the great outdoors."

Promising Trend?     South Korea, a country of 50 million, appears to have greatly slowed its epidemic offering an emerging sign of hope and a model to emulate. Yesterday, it reported only 74 new cases, down from 909 at its peak on 29 February. And it has done so without locking down entire cities or taking authoritarian measures. South Korea’s success may hold lessons for other countries. (source: American Association for the Advancement of Science)

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“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”     ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020

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