Physical Education Policy Analysis

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The second policy option is to increase access to healthy foods by regulating prepared food options in Virginia’s government establishments. Regulating food options and enforcing stricter food guidelines in government establishments would help decrease childhood obesity. To combat the 28% adolescent obesity rate in Iowa, the state worked with the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program to require government facilities to have at least 30% of their accessible food options is healthy (CDC, 2014). A similar adaptation for Virginia could help regulate our food choices. A healthy procurement policy has the power to impact nearly 37 million meals per year (CDC, 2015). In Los Angeles, the county requires all proposed food contracts must abide by…show more content…
The physical education budget, on average, is only $764 per year for each school (National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 2009). Schools would not incur massive costs if they required additional physical education as part of the curricula. Equity. Since all children are required to go to school, every child in the public school system, regardless of background, would benefit from the physical education requirements. This would benefit low-income families because, not only are they more likely to be obese (Levine, 2011), but their children may not have access to safe environments to be physically active at home. However, children who are home-schooled or those who attend private school would not benefit from this policy since they would not be in the public school environment. Externalities. A positive externality is that healthcare costs would decrease. If students learn to adopt physical activity into their daily lives, they are more likely to continue being active into adulthood (Epstein et al., 2000). Therefore, there would be less obesity diagnoses, chronic illnesses, and ultimately less hospital visits. A negative externality is the budget increases for the physical education requirements. However, since Virginia already pays for physical education, the state only needs to account for additional time…show more content…
Since there is a correlation between physical education and continuing physical activity (Le Masurier & Corbin, 2006), Virginians would more likely to stand behind this policy since it positively impacts Virginia public school students. Low-income families will be most satisfied with these regulations because they will be afforded healthy environments to be physically active in order to stay healthy. State legislators who create the school budgets may not be responsive to the added physical education costs because it means more money will need to be spent than the current amount. However, hearing the whole-health benefits of physical activity and the financial relief it could bring to the healthcare system, the legislators may feel more inclined to mandate these physical education
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