No Excuses! - A Documentary on Quality Physical Education
QUALITY PHYSICAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY
EFFECTIVE TEACHING STRATEGIES
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Health Organizations' Statements about Physical Education
Active Living Research - School Policies on Physical Education and Physical Activity: “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released national health objectives for 2020 with recommendations that underscore the importance of physical activity in schools, including daily physical education, regular recess, and access to physical play and exercise spaces during non-school hours and in the summer.”
American Academy of Pediatrics - Physical Fitness and Activity in Schools: “Establish policies that promote enjoyable, lifelong physical activity. These include: Comprehensive, preferably daily, physical education for children in grades kindergarten through 12…”
American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association - Learning For Life: Physical Education in Public Schools: “Daily quality physical education in the nation’s schools is an important part of a student’s comprehensive, well-rounded education program and a means of positively affecting life-long health and well-being. The optimal physical education program will foster a lifetime commitment to physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Physically active and educated children are more likely to thrive academically and socially. Through effective physical education, children learn how to incorporate safe and healthy activities into their lives. Physical education is an integral part of developing the “whole” child in social settings and the learning environment…The national recommendation for physical education is 150 minutes per week in elementary and 225 minutes per week in middle and high schools. The ACS, ADA, and AHA will continue to support these recommendations as they are revised and updated with the evolving science.”
American Heart Association and American Stroke Association - Physical Education in Schools: Both Quality and Quantity are Important: "Quality, daily physical education in the nation’s schools is an important part of a student’s comprehensive, well-rounded education program and a means of positively impacting life-long health and well-being."
Aspen Institute - Project Play: "…Offer daily physical education, an obvious venue for promoting physical literacy. Bring back intramurals. Add alternative sports that tap into cultural interests, such as double dutch and netball…"
Association for Physical Education - Health Position Paper: “Physical education contributes to public health and personal well-being through the physical learning context that it provides for every child. Health and well-being should be viewed holistically to comprise physical, psychological/mental and social aspects of health which contribute to people’s quality of life. afPE recommends that limited and limiting views of children’s health and well-being which reduce health to a focus on appearance, weight, size and shape are avoided.”
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools: "A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach by which school districts and schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active, meet the nationally-recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. A CSPAP reflects strong coordination and synergy across all of the components: quality physical education as the foundation, physical activity before, during, and after school, staff involvement, and family and community engagement."
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies - Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School: "Schools historically have been central in supporting the well-being of youth by providing health screenings, immunizations, and nutrition programs and also by training them for lifelong learning. Schools can and should play a major role in efforts to make children and adolescents more active. The recommendations in this report provide approaches for strengthening and improving programs and policies for physical activity and physical education in the school environment, including before, during, and after school."
International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education - International Position Statement on Physical Education: “Physical education in school is the most effective and inclusive means of providing all children, whatever their ability/disability, sex, age, cultural, race/ethnicity, religious or social background, with the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding for lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. It is the only school subject whose primary focus is on the body, physical activity, physical development and health; and helps children to develop the patterns of and interest in physical activity, which are essential for healthy development and which lay the foundations for adult healthy lifestyles.”
National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments - School-Based Physical Fitness and the Link to Student Academic Outcomes and Improved School Climate: "This statement finds support in a growing body of evidence suggesting that physical activity and physical education, offered within the context of the school day, are not only essential for children’s healthy development but also may contribute to children’s academic achievement and positively impact school climate and conditions for learning in schools."
PHIT America - Physical Education in Schools: "Can you name a school class or curriculum which can improve children's health and self-esteem, build strong interpersonal skills, and actually help improve a child's academic performance? It is quality physical education. Physical education has often been overlooked for years despite the tremendous values it offers to children. And, these physical and mental life lessons are able to be used forever."
Physical and Health Education Canada - Why Do Our Children Need Quality Daily Physical Education?: "Implementing Quality Physical Education programs on a regular basis by qualified teachers ensures that students become physically literate. These students have the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to lead active, healthy lives now and in the future."
SHAPE America - 2016 SHAPE of the Nation Report: “SHAPE America and the American Heart Association support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s recommendation that children and adolescents (ages 6-17) do 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, most of which should be aerobic activity. Muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities, which are important given that the greatest gains in bone mass occur during the years surrounding puberty, should be included at least three days of the week...In support of these recommendations for American children and adolescents, SHAPE America, the American Heart Association, and a number of other national health organizations recommend that schools provide 150 minutes per week of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes per week for middle and high school students throughout the school year."
The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation - Position Paper: “ACHPER believes that an educated nation, comprising active and healthy young people is the best investment we can make for the future. School Health and Physical Education teaching is central to the development of children and youth skills, knowledge and habits of mind that lead to active and healthy living.”
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization - Quality Physical Education: Guidelines for Policy Makers: "These Guidelines have been developed, in partnership with the European Commission, the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), International Olympic Committee (IOC), UNDP, UNICEF, UNOSDP and WHO, to inform the provision of quality physical education across the full age range from early years through secondary education...This is also a strong recognition of physical education as a driver for promoting gender equality, social inclusion, non-discrimination and sustained dialogue in our societies."
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth: "PE provides students the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a physically active lifestyle through childhood and adolescence and into adulthood. PE can enhance students’ knowledge and skills about why and how they should be physically active, increase participation in physical activity, and increase fitness."