Physical Development and Beyond: Why Young Children Need to Move
Tuesday, April 3, at 7 PM
College of Education Building, Room 160
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the MTSU-based Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series in Youth Fitness and Sport.
Ms. Rae Pica, is the founder and director of ‘Moving and Learning’ (www.movingandlearning.com) and has been a children’s physical activity specialist since 1980. A former faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, Ms. Pica is the author of 18 books, including Experiences in Movement and Music, Jump into Literacy, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child. Rae has shared her expertise with such diverse groups as Sesame Street, Head Start, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s ‘Blue’s Clues,’ and state health departments throughout the nation. Ms. Pica also served on a national task force that created guidelines for early childhood (birth to 5 years) physical activity. Rae is the cofounder of the BAM radio network (www.bamradionetwork.com) and host of the network’s premiere radio program, ‘Body, Mind, and Child’, for which she interviews experts in child development, education, play research, and the neurosciences. A member of the advisory boards for the ChildCare Education Institute and the Gesell Institute for Human Development, Rae has been a workshop leader and keynote speaker for the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.