Increasing Physical Fitness Levels In Children

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Physical Education is becoming a “special,” along with art, music and other valuable classes that many school districts have decided are not important enough to schedule daily. As a result, America’s children spend most of their school hours sitting still. The lack of physical activity, coupled with overeating, has led to an increase in childhood obesity.
Say what you will about Richard Simmons, but the eccentric exercise guru recently brought national attention to a problem we in PSAHPERD know all too well: the decrease in physical education is contributing to an alarming increase in overweight American kids.
Simmons, who is famous for helping overweight people learn how to live healthier lifestyles that include good nutrition and
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Get faculty involved in a students vs. teachers game after school.
• Work with individual classroom teachers to plan a physical activity that helps teach lessons in their subject areas.
Suggestion # 3: Keep talking up fitness with your students.
As physical educators, we often are our students’ most powerful role models for healthy lifestyles. Our enthusiasm in the gymnasium can inspire and motivate our students, encouraging them to try our suggestions for being active after school. Although our instructional time has been seriously curtailed in recent years, there are ways we can make every minute on the gym floor count.
• Plan interesting, energizing class activities that kids enjoy. Variety is the spice of life… and of PE!
• Give kids ample opportunity to learn and master lifetime leisure skills. Offer positive reinforcement to children who report pursuing healthy leisure activities.
• Display posters of healthy kids doing all kind of healthy physical activities.
• Make a special effort to encourage reluctant learners to find their comfort level in trying new physical activities.
• Have copies of exercise charts for students to take home and record after-school and weekend activities. Give positive feedback for all efforts.
• Provide monthly fitness calendars with daily activity suggestions, i.e., walk the dog, rake leaves, jump rope, etc.
• Get up and move with your students. Seeing you
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