Important Of Physical Education

PE showcase in Beaverton School DistrictPhysical education has been an important tool for providing physical activity in American schools for over a century. It teaches students the basics of physical literacy and how to integrate exercise into their lives in order to establish a lifetime of healthy living.

Nearly one third of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese, and higher body mass index in childhood is associated with greater risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and premature death. It is critical that we address the obesity problem in our children is by establishing lifelong healthy habits with strong physical education programs and regular physical activity opportunities throughout the day in our nation’s schools.

If the lessons of lifetime physical activity are modeled at both school and home, children will have a good foundation for healthy living. In fact, physically fit children have higher scholastic achievement and less absenteeism than their unfit counterparts. Active children learn more effectively and achieve more academically.