Slide Deck

Our latest slide deck with more details on Healthy Students Healthy State


Did you see our oped with Heritage Foundation?

Counteracting stereotypes about conservative vs progressive perspectives on health, education & public policy, this nonpartisan opinion piece, A COVID-19 vaccine won’t save us, but improving our health can, was co-authored by Healthy Future US’s Scott Turner and Heritage Foundation’s Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr (Ret.). (It was published in the Washington, D.C. “conservative counterpart” to the Washington Post—the Washington Examiner.)

This article describes how our worsening health is literally a threat to national security. Our bad health BOTH disqualifies many potential recruits for our all-volunteer military AND undermines the federal budget—the sole funding source for our national defense. On the other hand, there is significant potential bipartisan support for improving children’s health through schools, using proven strategies—as demonstrated in Arizona.


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Teachers encouraged by early results of Arizona law requiring more recess.
Kelly Doyle, Cronkite News, Arizona Republic, February 16, 2019.
Article on front page of Phoenix Republic section of the Arizona Republic, February 16, 2019; also ran on March 6, 2019 on the front pages of the Mesa Republic, Chandler Republic, Gilbert Republic, Tempe Republic and Scottsdale Republic.

Report: Arizona kids more fit than U.S. kids, but U.S. is pretty sorry
Renata Clo, TV Channels AzFamily 3 & CBS 5, January 1, 2019.
Local TV news coverage on January 2, 2019, which included the main independent station & the CBS affiliate; with excerpts from interview with Scott Turner on the 2018 US Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Arizona’s governor and the state and national press loved our recess bill!:

New law requires more recess for elementary schools in Arizona
Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, April 11, 2018.

Recess makes a comeback in public schools
Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, April 10, 2018.


Yes, Figure It Out did a podcast about us (before we launched the Healthy Future US name).


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Social Media

We are not currently very active on social media, but here are some links to partners:

Facebook link to our partner Arizonans for Recess & School Wellness

Facebook link to our partner Arizona Health & Physical Education

For Twitter users, please connect to our partner, Arizonans for Recess & School Wellness


Note: additional references are found in the latest slide deck, under the relevant slide.

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Corbin, C., Kulinna, P., & Sibley, B. (2020). A Dozen Reasons for Including Conceptual Physical Education in Quality Secondary School Programs. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 91(3): 40-49.

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DeHeer, H. (2014). Fit Kids at School: Executive Report Part 2.

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[Note: this is the official report to the US Department of Education on University of Arizona’s Partners for Healthy Promises federal PEP-Grant-funded project in the Sunnyside Unified School District, 2012-2015.]

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