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ERIC Number: ED539174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-31
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Physical Education. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
For the past 50 years, poor physical health of adolescents has been a concern in the U.S. The obesity rate has tripled from 5% in 1980 to 15% in 2000. With more emphasis placed on high stakes standardized tests, the priority of physical education classes has taken a back seat. Based on a survey done in 2003, slightly more than half of the states in the United States, mandated physical education courses for grades 9-12, while only one quarter of the states required one year or two semesters, one state required three semesters and the rest required one semester or less. The literature reports that students who are healthy and physically active are more inclined to be more intellectually engaged and alert. A quality physical education program provides opportunities for students to develop their motor skills, strengthen their self-confidence, and expand skills in leadership, teamwork, and cooperation. The National Health objectives for 2010 are to: (1) increase to at least 50% the number of adolescents who are in physical education classes; (2) increase to at least 50% the amount of time students are physically active in physical education classes; and (3) educate students to become and stay physically active during their lifetime. (Contains 22 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)