• The Importance of Physical Education

    The Importance of Physical Education

    What Are the Benefits of Physical Education in School?
    By Alison Datko

    What Are the Benefits of Physical Education in School?
    Physical Education teacher speaking with students. Photo Credit Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock/Getty Images
    It is no secret that physical activity is necessary to a person's well-being. Because children are continuously developing physically and emotionally, they are especially affected by the benefits of activity – and inversely, the negative effects of inactivity. Educators can control the amount of exercise a child gets at home no more than they can control his eating habits or his family situation, and according to numerous studies, many children are neither active at home nor at school. Consequently, it is vital that schools provide physical education programs to ensure that each child stays active. First lady Michelle Obama's initiative Let's Move! reports that nearly one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese, and that “schools are a key setting for kids to get their 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity, given the significant portion of time they spend there.”

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Last Modified on August 6, 2016