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 SRU Graduate Crusades for 'New P.E.' -- Teacher Tim McCord Tapped as Expert by National Media 



Feb. 19, 2003

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               SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University graduate Tim McCord, chair of the health and physical education department at Titusville Area School District, has become a nationally recognized supporter and spokesman for a wellness-based curriculum known as "New P.E." McCord has been quoted in Newsweek, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Ladies Home Journal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Plain Dealer (Cleveland).

           “New P.E.” focuses on total wellness and developing lifelong health habits. The old approach helped children learn to play sports but often lacked promotion of physical fitness. 

McCord, a 1978 Rock graduate, was one of the first physical education teachers in Pennsylvania to introduce aerobic-based classes and monitor children’s heart rates during workouts.The changes combat an obesity crisis among children ages 12-19. Titusville Area replaced dodge ball and tetherball with aerobics, weight training, dance and treadmills.

           “My Slippery Rock University education laid the foundation for my career in the Titusville Area School District and enabled me to easily make a transition toward the "New PE," McCord says. “I am thankful for my time at The Rock and will always remember it fondly.

           Always a signature offering at The Rock, the university has expanded physical education to emphasize total wellness. New programs include exercise and rehabilitative science, an athletic training major and an upcoming graduate course in spirituality and wellness.

 ‘P.E. 4 LIFE’

    The new approach to physical education sprang from a 1999 Pennsylvania State Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention.  McCord was impressed with what the P.E.4Life Institute in Naperville, Il., was doing and used it as a basis for developing a P.E.4Life program at Titusville, resulting in daily physical education classes for all high school students -- a rarity nationwide, McCord says.

           McCord’s program has been written about numerous times because health agencies and professional organizations are familiar with his work.  When reporters call the agencies seeking an expert source from middle America, they refer them to McCord.

      Editor’s note: Tim McCord is available for interviews. Telephone:  Health/PE Dept. Chair Titusville Area School District 415 Water St. Titusville, PA  16354814-827-2717 Ext. 2119; Fax: 814-827-1275; e-mail:

A University Public Relations photograph of McCord is available at

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