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    PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH NEWS


    Email Mrs. Roccabruna







    Dear Parent, Guardian and Student,October 12, 2011

    As a recipient of the PEP (Carol M. White Physical Education Programming) grant, The Pittsfield Public Schools, along with community partners Operation Better Start at Berkshire Health Systems, The Pittsfield Y, and Pittsfield Community Television, are enjoying tools and training to improve physical education and wellness of our students.

    Our initiative is BALANCING THE EQUATION. The equation is PHYSICAL ACTIVITY + PROPER NUTRITION = TOTAL HEALTH.

    It is our responsibility to submit required data to the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. as part of the grant. Randomly selected students will record cardiovascular fitness, daily activity and nutrition information.Through the funding, we have purchased fitness technologies such as activity watches to record the daily activity of our randomly selected students.

    Pittsfield is one of only 77 communities in our country to receive the PEP grant and our award was the 8th highest dollar amount in the country.We consider it a privilege to have earned this highly competitive grant and appreciate your support.

    Selected students need to complete a survey at:

    http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22D6K76EVVJ

    Please be sure to type exactly how the address is shown or it will not be accessed.

    The online survey is a three-day activity log to collect data on his/her daily activity in 30 minutes time period.

    Pick two week days and one weekend day to answer survey questions.

    We realized the 3 days appear repetitive, however it is very important to read and enter correct times and activity for all three days.

    The intensity level of the activity is labled: Light, Moderate, Hard or Very Hard.

    Light activity:requires little or no effort; sleeping, eating, talking on phone, video games

    Moderate activity: requires some level of physical effort like walking or practicing a skill for a sport or instrument

    Hard activity: requires a much higher level of effort like dance or playing a game of soccer, hiking

    Very Hard activity: requires high level of effort to complete like running or biking with high intensity that your body temperature and breathing rate increase.

    Thank you for your help,

    The Herberg Middle SchoolPhysical Education Staff