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ERIC Number: ED537583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-17
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Fitness and Physical Activity. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
What can be done to support fitness and physical activity? Schools can guide students in developing life-long habits of participating in physical activities. According to the National Association for Sports and Physical Education, the concepts of physical fitness activities and physical education are used synonymously, however, they are not the same. A physical education program is a scheduled and highly structured program where skills of teamwork, cooperation, leadership, and specific physical skills are taught by well-trained physical education teachers. Fitness activities involve any type of body movement. In addition to students participating in a physical education program, fitness activities should be done by adolescents at least 60 minutes a day at least five times a week. Some studies indicate that if physical activities are done in short 10-15 minute time frames throughout the day, the benefits are the same as if they had been done in a full workout at one time. Fitness activities can include: walking, biking, hiking, dancing, mowing the lawn, snow blowing the yard, gardening, bowling, washing the family car, babysitting for a toddler, walking a dog, flying a kite, and participating in intramural sports or extracurricular activities. This brief enumerates the benefits of being physically active, as well as offers recommendations to support fitness and physical activity. (Contains 25 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)