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National Association for Sport and Physical Education Partners with S&S Worldwide to Help Improve Children's Fitness

Thursday, September 6, 2007 General News J E 4
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RESTON, Va., Sept. 5 The National Association for Sportand Physical Education (NASPE) and S&S Worldwide today announced a newpartnership to help to educate, challenge, and encourage all children todevelop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for a healthy and fit life. Asthe new sponsor of NASPE's 20-year old Physical Best program, S&S Worldwidewill assist the nonprofit education association in promoting thiscomprehensive health-related fitness education program which was developed byphysical educators for physical educators and physical activity programproviders.

The goal of the Physical Best program is to educate and motivate allchildren regardless of their physical and mental abilities or disabilities.Its focus is to move students from dependence to independence for their ownfitness and health by promoting regular, enjoyable physical activity.

According to NASPE Executive Director Charlene R. Burgeson, "For over 100years S&S has been a leader in supporting the developmental needs of children.As our country is faced with increases in childhood obesity and type IIdiabetes, I salute S&S for its commitment to helping children to embrace ahealthy and physically active lifestyle."

Hy Schwartz, co-president of S&S Worldwide, said "Serious health issuesresulting from being overweight or obese demand action on the part ofteachers, schools, professional organizations and corporate America. As thenew corporate sponsor of Physical Best, I am proud to have S&S Worldwidepartner with NASPE to positively affect the health of our nation's youth."

Physical Best received a gold (highest possible) rating in a programevaluation study conducted by The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. The studyevaluated childhood obesity programs and identified those with the greatestpotential to help reduce childhood obesity. Of the 150 programs scored,Physical Best was one of 47 to receive a gold rating.

Among the popular Physical Best workshops, ready made for teacherprofessional development, are Introduction to Physical Best and FITNESSGRAM,Physical Best Gets FITT, Implementing a Fitness For Life Course, andAssessment with FITNESSGRAM. Workshops are designed to train up to 50participants. Call 1-800-213-7193, ext 489 or email physicalbest@aahperd.orgto schedule a Physical Best workshop or find out where a workshop is beingheld in your area. You may also visit http://www.naspeinfo.org/physicalbestfor information about Physical Best workshops or any of the NASPE ProfessionalServices workshops.

About NASPE

The preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognizedleader in sport and physical activity, the National Association for Sport andPhysical Education (NASPE) is a non-profit professional membership associationthat sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. NASPE's16,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, athleticdirectors, athletic trainers, sport management professionals, researchers, andcollege/university faculty who prepare physical activity professionals. Themission of NASPE is to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, andincrease support for high quality physical education, sport and physicalactivity programs through research, development of standards, anddissemination of information. It is the largest of the five nationalassociations that make the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education,Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD). For more information, visithttp://www.naspeinfo.org.

About S&S Worldwide

*S&S Worldwide* is the nation's leading marketer, manufacturer anddistributor of physical education equipment, education materials and arts andcraft supplies to education, recreation and healthcare professionals. TheCompany markets via catalog, a sales force and the Internet. S&S isheadquartered in Colchester, CT and has been in business fo
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