Importance of Physical Education in Elementary Schools

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Importance of Physical Education in Elementary Schools Importance of Physical Education in Elementary Schools Chris Williams ECE 315 Terri Malone June 6, 2011 Importance of Physical Education in Elementary School Physical education is sometimes viewed as merely a chance for students to have fun, get the wiggles out. The fact is physical education is so much more important to the health and well being of all children. A strong physical education program can strongly promote students to be active and healthy through out their life time. Having an adequate physical education program can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, increase a child self…show more content…
“The American Obesity association (AOA) defines obesity in children as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for a child of that age and sex (Elementary Classroom Teachers as Movement Educators Kovar, Susan K, 2009).” In 2002 16 percent of children ages 6 to 19 years were considered overweight. (Elementary Classroom Teachers as Movement Educators Kovar, Susan K, 2009) Lack of activity in children helps increase their risk factors of becoming obese. A quality physical education program helps off set by encouraging children to be active. Children are required to do moderate to vigorous physical activity for the recommended time which helps they burn of calories. The more calories a student is able to burn the more weight they lose. Georgia Standard four states that children achieves and maintain a health enhancing level of physical fitness (www.georgia standard .org). This standard intent is to help students develop knowledge, skill and willingness to accept responsibility for personal fitness, leading to an active healthy life style. (www.georgiastandards.org) Working on this standard with children helps reduce the risk of children becoming obese. This helps give children the tools they need to become more physically fit. This standard also helps children become more skilled in their ability to plan, perform, and monitor physical activities appropriate for developing physical fitness. Study has shown that
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