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ERIC Number: EJ794518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
New York City Schools Honored for Quality Physical Education
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v20 n5 p34-35 May-Jun 2007
According to Lori Benson, Director of Fitness & Physical Education for the New York City Department of Education, findings from a 2003 study conducted on students in New York City elementary schools were so telling, that education and health administrators were prompted to make major changes to improve physical education and fight the ever-increasing obesity/overweight epidemic. The 2003 study that she references found that nearly 50 percent of K-5 students in New York City were overweight or obese, and nearly one in five kindergarten students entering the system were already obese. These startling figures have led to unbelievable changes to physical education in New York City. Because of these changes and improvements, NASPE honored Benson and the New York City Department of Education with the Ross Merrick National Recognition Award. This article describes the major changes made to physical education in New York City in regards to curriculum, assessment, and professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York