Importance of Physical Education
Of the many subjects children study in school, there may be none more important than physical education. However it must be of high quality and aligned with state/national standards and guidelines. A high quality physical education program offers children opportunities to develop the skills, concepts, and dispositions needed to be physically active for life. Sufficient, regular physical activity not only helps prevent major diseases but it also: promotes learning; reduces stress, anxiety, and depression; and improves overall student wellness. It doesn’t matter if the child excels in every other subject in school and grows up to become a successful doctor/lawyer/engineer/etc., with poor health any professional achievement becomes secondary.
There are many factors that contribute to the ease of implementing and sustaining a quality program, including the involvement of the administration, parents, and community. However it ultimately comes down to the willingness of the physical education teacher(s) to do their best no matter the situation.
That being said, REAL teachers still need our support and appreciation. This can be in the form of equipment (every jump-rope, pedometer, heart-rate monitor, and home-made scoop catcher counts), classroom assistance, time and funding for professional development, and by advocating for quality physical education at the local, state, and national level.
Current inactivity pandemic
Reports on School Policies
Reports on Obesity and Physical Activity
- 2022 - Global Status Report on Physical Activity (WHO)
- 2021 - QPE Policy Project Analysis (UNESCO)
- 2021 - State of Play 2021 (Aspen Institute)
- 2020 - Longitudinal Trends in BMI Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Persons Aged 2–19 Years (CDC)
- 2020 - Overview Report on US Participation (Physical Activity Council)
- 2019 - Global Trends in Insufficient Physical Activity Among Adolescents (WHO)
- 2019 - The Movement Disparity: Parent and Principal Perspectives on Physical Activity in Schools (ActiveSchools)
- 2019 - Unfit to Serve (CDC)
- 2018 - Unhealthy and Unprepared: National Security 2018 (StrongNation)
- 2018 - United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (National Physical Activity Plan)