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REC REPORT FEATURES

April 2016

Are States Dropping the Ball on Keeping Kids Active?

Students across the nation would benefit from strong state requirements for physical education. However, "2016 Shape of the Nation," released by SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active and fit, and preparing them for a healthy future.

U.S. Masters Swimming Campaigns to Reduce Adult Drowning

April is Adult Learn to Swim month. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, about 10 people drown every day in the United States, and the majority of them are adults or young adults. Here's how a campaign by U.S. Masters Swimming is aiming to reduce adult drowning by training and certifying instructors and providing grants for swim lessons.

Grants for Urban Outdoor Recreation Available

The National Park Service (NPS) is offering $15 million in grants to develop outdoor recreation spaces in urban areas, according to NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2016. Those who may apply include state and local government agencies (cities, counties, park districts, etc.) and federally-recognized Indian tribes within or serving areas delineated by the Census Bureau from the 2010 Census as having populations of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory.

Physical Education Program Grant Competition Opens

The Department of Education announced that it will award $23 million in Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grants for the 2016-17 school year.