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Learn about the PE-PAL program and team through recent events, outreach, and publications.


Active Schools

The UNC Active Schools Lab is Pleased to Join the Active Schools National Collaborative

UNC is one of two partner university in the collaborative. The Active Schools goal of “all schools in the US to provide all students with an active school environment” aligns with the community-engaged outreach, research, and educational activities of the Lab, and especially UNC’s MAT in Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership. Sport and Exercise Science faculty will be serving on the Active Schools’ Strategic Advisory Council, the Data and Research Work Group, and the Practitioner Needs & Offerings Work Group. Congratulations to the UNC Active Schools Lab!       


 Faculty Receive $700,814 Grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to Create Healthy Schools

Faculty from the University of Northern Colorado's School of Sport and Exercise Science have been awarded a $700,814 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation as part of the foundation's Creating Healthy Schools funding strategy to create a statewide system of support that fosters thriving health and wellness environments, and addresses obesity rates for Colorado school children.

The grant advances the UNC project team's previous work related to training school professionals to create sustainable active learning environments that build healthier generations of children. UNC recently launched a master's degree program designed to expand teachers' capacity to lead comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAPs).

Over the next two years, SES faculty members Russell Carson, Brian Dauenhauer, Jennifer Krause, Jaimie McMullen and Megan Stellino will contribute to the building of a statewide system that connects system- and local-level efforts to promote health and wellness in children by leveraging support for qualified CSPAP leadership in 20 high-need schools.

They'll also provide ongoing advocacy and evidence-based support for Colorado's Physical Education Cadre workshop series and for Red Hawk Elementary School's online course on classroom physical activity integration. The Erie school's principal, UNC alumnus Cyrus Weinberger, has developed a rigorous academic program coupled with a comprehensive wellness program.

In keeping with UNC's dedication to collective and inclusive partnerships, the team also will contribute to a statewide research collaborative studying the Innovation and Dissemination of Evidence-based Actions in Schools (IDEAS) for the health and wellness of school-aged children.

The Colorado Health Foundation grant is being administered by the UNC Foundation.

Learn more about this and other initiatives.

Bear Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Academy 

The Academy took place July 14, 2017 and the focus was Active Kids Do Better: In schools and During the Summer.  Learn more about the speakers and discussion from the UNC News.

Active Kids Do Better!

Read the Greeley Tribune news article on the Active Kids Do Better series.

Learn about the results and feedback from the Active Kids Do Better Speaker Series.