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Physical Education Curriculum

The physical education curriculum at your child’s school is more important than ever, in the face of rapidly increasing rates of childhood obesity. For some children, the physical activity they get in school is the only physical activity they get. A good physical education curriculum can foster a lifetime of good health habits in your child.

The physical education curriculum use by your child’s school district is determined by a number of factors, including teacher’s preference, school funding, and national physical education initiatives. School districts have more freedom determining their physical education curriculums than any of their other curriculums, and so they can make determinations based closely on the needs of their school districts.
Though standards vary from school district to school district, most physical education curriculums involve learning to play a variety of sports, like football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, and even badminton. Additionally, most schools encourage aerobic endurance in their kids by having them run a mile and complete various strength exercise, like push ups and pull ups. Students also normally compete for the Presidential Physical Fitness medal, which requires them to complete a number of physical activities to a set standard.

Most physical education curriculums also include some focus on sports safety and health. Teachers teach their students how to correctly warm up and cool down before and after physical activity and the importance of safely using sports equipment. Also, physical education usually involves lessons about good hygiene, healthy eating, and recognizing health problems.

Your child’s physical education is an important part of their school life, and a tool to teach them healthy living habits that can mean the difference between healthy adulthood and one plagued by illness. If you are concerned that your child is not receiving enough physical activity in their school day, don’t be afraid to approach the school administration about making some changes. The rest of the school day is devoted to keeping the brain healthy, but healthy brains need healthy bodies. Make physical education a priority in your child’s school.

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