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Physical education in an alternative school setting: an exercise in creativity

Physical education in an alternative school setting: an exercise in creativity Georgia Ewing In an alternative school setting where facilities and funding score low as priorities, meeting district requirements for physical education remains an exercise in creativity. And touting the benefits of physical activity to students, particularly to girls, is a challenge. These are the […]

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Incorporating physical activity into schools

Incorporating physical activity into schools – Research Updates In a piece on promoting physical activity and exercise among children, Liane Summerfield writes, “In addition to physical education, schools can promote physical activity in a variety of other ways.” Among them are: * promote collaboration between physical education and classroom teachers. For example, physical education teachers […]

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Attitudes towards competition: do differences exist between boys and girls?

Attitudes towards competition: do differences exist between boys and girls? – Research Mary Healy Jonas More than 25 years after Title IX was passed, the number of girls playing in school, intramural and community sports is approaching that of boys who participate. With the increased number of girls participating on sports teams and leagues, a […]

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CDC launches BAM!

CDC launches BAM! – Research Updates WASHINGTON, D.C. The Centers for Disease Control has announced the launch of BAM! (Body and Mind), the first issue of an e-zine for kids (www.bam.gov). Aimed at youth ages 9-13, BAM! was created to answer kids’ questions on health issues and recommend ways to make their bodies and minds […]

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Travel fitness

Travel fitness Editor’s Note So, here it is: Melpomene people sharing their travel experiences. We hope that they — all of us — will continue to love the adventure of seeing new places and meeting new people; to love the challenge of staying fit and eating healthily, whether on a business trip or on vacation […]

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Adolescent girls, abuse and physical activity: Using physical activity to build self-esteem

Adolescent girls, abuse and physical activity: Using physical activity to build self-esteem – Research Susan M. Hadley Evidence is growing that children and adolescents are often casualties of violence in the home. Research abounds on the effects of domestic violence on adult women and there is a growing awareness of the damage inflicted on the […]

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Important dates in Melpomene’s history

Important dates in Melpomene’s history 1982 February — Creation of the Institute and first board meeting May — First Melpomene conference establishes the pattern of exploring emerging issues 1983 April — First Annual Melpomene 5K race April — First paid staff member, half-day a week 1984 February — Journal size increases from 8 to 32 […]

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The joy of sport, the challenge of competition, the privilege of motion and sweat: influences of the girl in that picture – lesbian athletes

The joy of sport, the challenge of competition, the privilege of motion and sweat: influences of the girl in that picture – lesbian athletes – Column Cate Terwilliger I am looking at my mother, circa 1953, beaming from a black-and-white photograph of her summer softball team. Businesses around Rushville, Illinois, had ante’d up to buy […]

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Turning want to into will do: The role of future-oriented plans in exercise behavior

Turning want to into will do: The role of future-oriented plans in exercise behavior – Research Diane E. Whaley Introduction Planning for future physical activity behavior is as critical for success as planning for vacation. All of us to some degree plan for the future. Sometimes these plans are realized, other times they are not. […]

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The people of Melpomene

The people of Melpomene – Brief Article Volunteers, state representatives, interns and fellows are very important to the ongoing mission of Melpomene. In 2001, 126 volunteers, 14 interns and two fellows contributed 5,352 hours in the Melpomene office, at events and at committee meetings. Each of our 25 state representatives also donated many hours. Volunteers […]