New curriculum was designed to increase students’ physical activity while supporting academic learning standards

San Diego, CA, September 10, 2013 — Extensive evidence shows positive associations between physical activity and improved academic performance; yet many schools struggle to incorporate movement into their busy days. To help schools provide students with more structured physical activity minutes in each day, SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education (PE) program, has launched SPARKabc’s (Activity Break Choices)—an innovative solution for incorporating physical activity in the classroom, during recess, and throughout the school day.

SPARKabc’s content includes Classroom ASAPs (Active Soon As Possible), which are fun energizers that get students moving immediately. There are also academically integrated physical activities that support learning standards in the following subject areas: Literacy and Language Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Social Studies and Nutrition Education. And, SPARKabc’s were written to align with the Common Core State Standards.

“Providing quality academic instruction is at the forefront of every educator’s mind,” said Paul Rosengard, Executive Director of SPARK. “SPARKabc’s brings movement and life to every subject taught in the classroom. SPARKabc’s gets kids moving AND makes learning fun.”

The easy-to-follow activity plans fight sedentary classroom and recess routines and help students focus and behave better during class. Rosengard said, “The data are clear. Healthy students are better learners. Students that are more physically fit do better on standardized tests because their bodies and minds are better prepared to learn. “

SPARK provides abc’s curriculum, on-site teacher training and content-matched equipment for classroom teachers and recess supervisors, thus helping schools address “Physical Activity During School” standards for the Let’s Move! Active School program.

For more information about SPARK, visit .

SPARK is a collection of research-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs for educators serving Pre-K through 12th grade students. Since 1989, SPARK has provided curriculum materials, teacher training, and consultation to over 100,000 teachers and youth leaders, representing many thousands of schools, organizations, and agencies worldwide. SPARK also helps educators find physical education grants. For more information on SPARK, visit or email spark(at)sparkpe(dot)org or call 1-800-SPARK-PE.

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Billy Beltz
SPARK Marketing Director
800-772-7573 x2247

Kati Elliott
KEH Communications

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