Physical Education: The Missing Component in Students' Schedules
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The paper discusses how a lack of physical education, a lack of physically-related hobbies, and easy access to processed foods has proved to be a toxic combination for children and teens in many areas of the country. The paper goes on to discuss how the amount of time that must be allocated for PE instruction is not mandated and this often means that the instruction is so minimal, it offers little health benefit. In addition, the paper notes that during most of the school day, today's students are moving less and sitting more than any previous generation of children. The paper highlights the psychological and health benefits of exercise and emphasizes that America must see the drive to increase student test scores as compatible with physical activity.
From the Paper:"As the school day is increasingly consumed by classes designed to prepare students for high-stakes testing, what students consume is increasingly evident on their waistlines. "According to a January 2007 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children 6 to 19 are overweight or obese -- triple the number in 1980. During the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for children ages 2 to 5 and 12 to 19 and more than tripled for children 6 to 11" (Saslow 2009). However, while the need for physical education classes has increased, only 8% of elementary schools, 6.4% of middle schools, and 5.8% of high schools nationwide provide daily physical education for their student bodies (Speregen 2010). A lack of physical education, a lack of physically-related hobbies, and easy access to processed foods has proved to be a toxic combination for children and teens in many areas of the country.
"Only 36 states in America today require physical education for elementary school students; 33 states require PE for middle school students; and 42 require PE for high school students (Hellmich 2006). However, the fact that the amount of time that must be allocated for PE instruction is not mandated often means that the instruction is so minimal that it offers little health benefit."
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- Hellmich, Nanci. (2006, May 1). Other demands outmuscling PE. USA Today.Retrieved June 1, 2010 athttp://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-05-01-physical-education_x.htm
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