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Send an email to your friends and colleagues to let them know why it’s important to protect PE.


SUBJECT: YOU Can Improve the Health of Oregon Kids

Dear [NAME]

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for physical education (PE) class. I distinctly remember [insert favorite PE memory here]. But now that I’m a [parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle], I realize how drastically things have changed. The opportunities for play and exercise are so limited in the modern school day. Kids don’t get half the physical activity or health education that I did when I was in school.

Studies show that active kids learn better. But staying healthy and active isn’t easy for kids these days. With physical education decreasing in schools, many of our children aren’t getting the physical activity they need each day to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.

Physical education equips students with the knowledge they need to live healthy lives and also provides them with a convenient, safe environment to play and be active during the school day. Together we can improve the health of our children by working with our government officials and school district leaders in support of effective physical education programs in schools.

Nearly one-third of young people ages 2 to 19 are at risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Lower-income communities are especially affected by this because they often lack the facilities, equipment, and space for children to be active. Physical education in Oregon is needed to help our kids grow up healthy and equip children and adolescents with the knowledge and opportunity to lead a more active, healthy life.

Please join us in our effort to protect physical education in our state. Register online at and lend your voice to our work.