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from the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NCAAHPERD)
1 (one) A Comprehensive Solution Issy Role Model and Award Recognizes Student Achievement
Issy is a K-8 student’s shining role model and strives for excellence in
physical fitness and healthful living courses.
Immediate and Long-Term Strategies at Work Unlike other awards, which are typically affiliated with
The In-School Prevention of Obesity and Disease (IsPOD) Program addresses North
superior athletic performance, ALL students are eligible to
Carolina’s childhood obesity epidemic in several ways including:
receive the “Busy Issy Award,” regardless of athletic abiility.
FITNESSGRAM Evidence-Based Fitness Testing Issy and Busy Issy Award Recipients display:
K-8 students complete physical fitness tests to monitor progress as they advance to - perseverance
the next grade. Students, parents, and school administrators can use the data to - academic excellence in health and physical education classes
allocate resources where they are needed most. - willingness to help others
- significant improvement
The Largest Data Collection of Physical Fitness in the United States
Physical fitness scores are anonymously submitted to the NC Center for Health The Busy Issy Award includes:
Statistics, which collects and will analyze the data. In addition, students and physical - a Star Achievement Certificate
educators participate in surveys designed to measure perceptions and behaviors - t-shirt
regarding physical education, physical activity, and childhood obesity. - door prize or gift certificate for free admission to a local health or
fitness-oriented activity such as a karate or dance lesson,
As the largest data collection of childhood obesity and physical fitness, this information climbing wall, or aquatic center.
will provide North Carolina with an unprecedented window into the epidemic and give
students, parents, school administrators, university researchers, policy makers, and
others, the tools to solve the crisis efficiently and effectively
The IsPOD Program and/or its components are taught in schools throughout North Caro-
Innovative Curriculum lina and the local community, including:
Physical Education classes have traditionally benefitted students such as athletes and
physically active children who are not at risk for childhood obesity at the expense of
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools:
those who are. Orange County Schools:
Carrboro Elementary AL Stanback Middle
The IsPOD Program seeks to reverse that trend via the SPARK (Sports, Play, and Estes Hills Elementary Cameron Park Elementary
Active Recreation for Kids) Curriculum, which emphasizes small-group, noncompetitive Frank Porter Graham Elementary Central Elementary
play through moderate to vigorous physical activity as soon as students enter the gym Glenwood Elementary CW Stanford Middle
(versus long periods of inactivity during roll call, activity demonstration, and teaming). Grey Culbreth Middle Elfand-Cheeks Elementary
Mary Scroggs Elementary Grady Brown Elementary
In addition, the curriculum is flexible enough to be integrated into other curricula such McDougal Elementary Gravelly Hill Middle
as language arts, math, and science. Morris Grove Elementary Hillsborough Elementary
Phillips Middle New Hope Elementary
Rashkis Elementary Pathway Elementary
Professional Development for Physical Educators Smith Middle
North Carolina physical educators have received more than 30,000 hours of
The Facts: How Parents Can Help
professional development. In many schools, a physical educator receives fewer hours
of professional development than any other teacher.
NCAAHPERD believes physical educators are first lines of defense against childhood
Childhood Obesity in North Carolina
obesity and an essential influencers whom inspire youth to discover and engage in 1. Have a one-on-one conversation with your child’s physical education teacher to learn
North Carolina has the 14th highest rate of overweight and obese children.
physical activity for a lifetime. more about your school’s specific program.
Half of North Carolina students do not get the recommended amount of
physical activity. 48.7% watch more than two hours of television on 2. Ask your child’s physical education teacher how you can help. Can you volunteer? If
a typical day. you are unavailable during the day, are the child’s grandparents? Often, time spent
volunteering is a tremendous resource for a teacher - who may have 500+ students!
Type II diabetes, a disease previously found only in adults, now
accounts for 15-45% of child diabetes diagnoses in North Carolina. 3. Write a letter to the editor to express your concern of the childhood obesity epidemic
first lines of
and raise awareness. In addition, organize a network of parents interested in the topic
Consequences of Childhood Obesity are at the next PTA meeting.
Overweight children are significantly more absent than children of a healthier
weight. Several studies demonstrate a negative association between number
of absesnces and academic performance.
Supporting educators in motion since 1921, the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health,
Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becomming overweight Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NCAAHPERD) is a professional organization
or obese as adults (80% if a parent is overweight or obese). An overweight or providing advocacy, professional development, networking opportunities, and resources for
obese adult will accrue $250,000 in lost productivity over the course of his or more than 2,500 teachers.
Ensuring a healthier workforce is essential to the vitality of North Carolina’s
childhood obesity Launched in 2007, the IsPOD program is funded through generous donations from the Blue
Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund,
and a $3.6 million grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.