Zumba Inclusive Master Class at Lakeshore

Ditch the Workout, Join the Party with certified Zumba Fitness Instructor and wheelchair user JoAnne Fluke as she leads an Inclusive Master Class at Lakeshore Foundation. Help us build momentum for this up and coming movement of bringing the Zumba experience to ALL!  This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. 

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the FIRST EVER United States Zumba Inclusive Master Class right here in Birmingham!
*Free t-shirt to the first 100 registrants.

Go HEREfor more information and to register! 

Let's Move Active Schools

COME ON ALABAMA!  We want to win.  Sign your school up today.  There is no cost or obligation.  

What is an Active School?An Active School incorporates physical activity before, during, and after school for at least 60 minutes per day.

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) is proud and excited to be a part of First Lady Michelle Obama's newly released Let's Move! Active Schools - an unprecedented collaboration to bring physical activity back to American schools. The program provides simple steps and tools, including monetary support and training, to help schools create active environments where students get 60 minutes of daily physical activity through quality physical education and physical activity before, during and after the school day.

ALEX Lesson Plan Development Session 

What it is:
Join together with some of the best teachers in Alabama for a two-day summit during which you will create outstanding CCRS-based lesson plans in your curricular area to be reviewed, approved, and posted to the ALEX Lesson Plan database.

What to do: 
If you would like to attend this workshop in Montgomery, simply click APPLICATION and complete the brief application by Wednesday, November 27, 2013. All applicants will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, December 3, 2013. 
**Note: If you cannot click on above link, copy and paste this URL into your web browser

When: December 12-13, 2013 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) 

Each participant will receive $125 per day, for a total of $250. If you live more than 100 miles outside of the Montgomery area, you will receive an additional $25 a day, for a total of $300, to help compensate you for travel expenses. **Attendees are required to attend all 2 full days.** 

Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Dinner will be on your own. If your application is accepted, additional information will be sent with the confirmation email. 

We encourage you to ask a buddy to apply to help you with expenses, and enjoy Montgomery together! 

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your application online! Send questions to Bree Amidon at lbkeene@uab.edu

Scale Back Alabama School Program for School Staff. 

The 2014 competition is starting soon!

 Now in its eighth year, Scale Back Alabama is a statewide weight-loss contest that encourages Alabama to get healthy and have fun while doing it.  The 2013 campaign drew nearly 30,000 people in almost every county, and the total statewide weight loss since the beginning of the contest is more than one million pounds!  The Scale Back Alabama school program also had impressive numbers with 91 schools and over 2000 school personnel participating last year. 

The campaign is geared toward adults and is primarily operated with the help of local employers (companies with 10 employees or more), schools, hospitals and health departments.  Each organization appoints one person to serve as the coordinator for the contest, and individuals compete on teams of four to win the chance at cash prizes. There is no charge for participating in the program.  The program kicks off on January 16, 2014 and teams weigh in during the week of January 18-24, 2014. 

The Scale Back Alabama School program is an additional component of Scale Back Alabama that gives school personnel the opportunity to be healthy role models for their students and for the school to be entered into a drawing to possibly win nutrition and physical activity oriented prizes. 

Becoming a Scale Back Alabama School is easy.
  • Go to www.scalebackalabama.comfor instructions on signing up for Scale Back Alabama.  Your school will need a coordinator to get started.
  •  All schools (k-12) participating in Scale Back Alabama will automatically be enrolled in the Scale Back Alabama School program.  Students are not allowed to participate and weight loss for students is not being encouraged.
  • Scale Back Alabama Schools receive special recognition and are entered into a school drawing for prizes that promote good nutrition and physical activity habits for the students.  These prizes are in addition to the team and individual drawings for cash prizes. 

It’s a win-win for the schools.  School personnel work to achieve a healthier lifestyle while their students cheer them on and learn the importance of healthy habits. 

Scale Back Alabama is a joint project of the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Hospital Association with generous underwriting from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. 

For more information, please contact Molly Killman at 334-206-5646 or by email at molly.killman@adph.state.al.us.

November Resources 

The JAM School Program brings physical activity and health education into the classroom. JAM is designed to teach kids (and adults) healthier lifestyle habits. JAM is a free wellness resource for schools.

JAM resources offer a weekly one-minute exercise routine called JAMmin’ Minute®, an athlete-featured more extensive routine called JAM Blast®, and a monthly health newsletter called Health-E-tips.
jam school program resources

JAMmin’ Minute®: A one-minute fitness routine that includes 5 very simple exercises that kids (and staff) can do while either standing at their desk or sitting in a chair. Included on this weekly communication is a health tip, something simple that teaches a healthier habit. These routines are authored by us and we invite schools to submit routines to us!
JAM Blast®: Athlete-delivered healthy living and eating messages with a coordinating 3-5 minute exercise routine that focuses on that athlete’s idea about what is most important for peak performance. Fun facts about each athlete are included.
Monthly Newsletter: A one-page health newsletter packed full of nutrition, fitness and health tips designed for school-age kids and their parents, and school personnel.
Benefits and Uses
  • Wellness (daily physical activity and health education) for students and staff
  • Add them to classroom curriculum, to assemblies, to the morning announcements over the PA system
  • PE teachers can use these as a warm up or combine several routines for a complete program
  • Students can lead each other as “JAM Leader” or “Drill Sergeant” of the week
  • Set up some friendly competition in the classroom, among staff, or district-wide
  • Send home with the kids, publish on your intranet and in the school newspaper, copy and post, video record classes and load to school website
  • Tool for use to create wellness/fitness ambassadors at school
  • Emphasis on establishing daily habits
  • Health education that is effective and efficient
  • Improves self-esteem and concentration
  • Everyone can participate, even the physically challenged
  • Fun, quick and effective
jam works like this

Each week of the school year, teachers and administrators receive an e-communication.
This communication will include:

  • a link to our private JAM Library webpage that houses our JAM routines
  • monthly newsletters
  • JAM Good Ideas & JAM Good News
  • success stories from schools
  • highlights of school-authored routines
  • links to kids doing the JAM routines
Why it Works:
  1. It is FUN!!!
  2. Everyone is doing the same thing at the same time.
  3. Creates a sense of community and belonging.
  4. There is no judgment or competition.
  5. The JAM routines help improve strength, conditioning and coordination.
  6. Brain breaks - Improves performance through more energy & refocusing.
  7. Adds more physical activity minutes to your day.
who is behind us
The JAM School Program is promoted and backed by leading groups such as Let’s Move!, the American Heart Association, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, NFL Play 60, USDA, National PTA, NBA FIT, Discovery Education’s Energy Balance 101, and NASPE (the largest group providing physical activity resources to teachers across America) plus hundreds of state and local groups and organizations with health and wellness initiatives.