P.O. BOX 2120



May 12, 2005



Division Superintendents



Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Health and Physical Activity Institute, July 23-27, 2006, James Madison University


The Virginia Departments of Health and Education, and the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance extend an invitation to all administrators and teachers to participate in the 2006 Health and Physical Activity Institute. The conference theme this year is Your Best Health Insurance is Good Nutrition and Regular Physical Activity. The institute is scheduled for July 23-27, 2006, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


This staff development provides opportunities for sharing effective teaching and learning practices that improve the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity instruction in Virginias schools.


The 2006 institute will feature several nationally acclaimed educators. Jean Blaydes Madigans opening workshop Action Based Literacy highlights the importance of movement and physical activity in the learning process. In another keynote presentation, Its Not Just Gym Anymore, Bane McCracken will show how to develop a program that prepares students to be physically active after they graduate.


A variety of concurrent sessions will also be offered that will focus on nutrition, technology, fitness, dance, curriculum resources, standards-based assessment, and differentiated instruction for special needs students.


In addition to the highlighted keynote and concurrent sessions there are several special events that require early arrivals on Sunday, July 23, 2006.

The Bicycle Education Certification Course for teachers will be offered again this year. This 12-hour specialty workshop covers types of bikes, gears and shifting basics, basic bike maintenance, and K-12 curriculum ideas.


A train-the-trainer course for CPR will provide teachers with the skills to take the curriculum back to their communities to train other teachers and staff.


Virginia Commonwealth University will offer a three-credit health and physical education graduate course, and James Madison University will offer a three-credit Technology in Health and Physical Education course (KIN 511).


Registration information for the institute and additional information about the special events is available online at


If you need additional information about the 2006 Health and Physical Activity Institute, please contact Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health education, physical education, and driver education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 225-3300; or Dr. Jacqueline Williams, professor, James Madison University, by e-mail at or by telephone at (540) 568-6957.