PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
Physical Education in the School System
South Texas College
Do you know how many students in school are overweight? Have you ever wondered why there overweight? Are you a student that is overweight ? When considering an average student’s day once they get home, complete homework, and eat dinner, kids do not have much additional time for physical activities. That being the case, (this data suggests that 71 percent of students are left with minimal chances of meeting the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity). The research of the importance of physical education shows that movement is important in educating both the body and mind for whole students. It has been seen to contribute directly to students development of physical competence and fitness. Through PE, students make informed choices and understand the value of leading a lifestyle with active physical practice. For students, PE affects both there learning and activities pattern in the school system as it leaves them motivated, successful, and alert. Preschool and early years of primary school use play activities as it is related to the development of Cognitive and motor abilities for students. Because of the high number of children who are obese schools should fight childhood obesity by requiring more physical activities and by providing healthy meals.
The physical benefits of physical activity includes safety and avoiding injury, prevention of diseases, increases their mental health, and decreases morbidity and premature mortality Elementary grades use physical education programs to emphasize the development of locomotors, non-locomotors, and manipulative skills, which are fundamental and use activities like dance, educational games, and gymnastics ( Lansbury et al, 2013). The WHO, CDC and the American Heart Association have called for all schools in America to assume the leadership role in promotion of physical activity among children and adolescents. Recent research conducted shows that school-based physical activity has some effect on reducing the rates of obesity and is an intervention program that reduces obesity prevalence in countries among youths ( Sanchez- Vaznaugh et al, 2012). Middle school students are individuals ready to experience wide varieties of applications of fundamental movements that include traditional sports, adventures activities (e.g., ropes, skiing, rock climbing), and leisure- oriented activities (like dancing, biking, roller-blading). Thus, they are capable of refining, applying and combining a variety of sport-related and lifetime skills and their rapid growth affects their interests, activity patterns, and choices. For high school students, PE leaves them with the decision-making responsibility regarding their health-related physical fitness level. Thus, PE helps these students maintain and refine their knowledge and skills for selecting activities they will use throughout their lives...