‘Moving and Learning’ lecturer urges children to j...

‘Moving and Learning’ lecturer urges children to jump into spring

The MTSU Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth will present its Spring 2012 Distinguished Lecture, “Physical Development and Beyond: Why Young Children Need to Move,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.

Rae Pica

Rae Pica, founder and director of “Moving and Learning,” will deliver the free public address in Room 160 of the MTSU College of Education Building.

A children’s physical activity specialist since 1980, Pica has shared her expertise with “Sesame Street,” “Blue’s Clues,” Head Start, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and state health departments across the nation.

A former faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, 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.

Pica also is the co-founder of the BAM radio network 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Don Morgan at 615-898-5549 or

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