The PE staff recently ran 2 fundraisers for the American Heart Association. As a school, the students and staff participated in Go Red for Women and Hoops for Heart. The fundraisers were held to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. All together we raised over $2,000.00 for this great cause.
WHY CHILDREN NEED PHYSICAL EDUCATON
Physical Education provides a number of important benefits that improve children’s overall physical and mental health.
A daily physical education program helps children physically. Here are some of the things a quality program does for them. Physical education can counteract the four major risk factors of coronary heart disease, obesity, inactivity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. A good program improves children’s muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body• Improves physical fitness.• Reduces the risk of heart disease.
composition (fat-to-muscle ratio), and cardiovascular endurance. Regular physical activity improves posture and increases bone density to create stronger bones• Make bones stronger.
and may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. A good program can help children regulate their weight by burning calories, toning their bodies,• Aids in weight regulation.
and improving their overall body composition. Physical education develops motor skills and sports skills to promote health and• Promotes healthy active lifestyles.
fitness throughout life.
A daily physical education program helps children mentally. Here are some of the things a quality program does for them. • Improves academic performance. Studies have shown that, when IQs are the same, children who have daily physical
education classes tend to get higher grades than children who don’t. Regular physical activity makes children more alert and more receptive to learning new• Increases interest in learning.
things. Physical education gives children practice in moral reasoning and problem solving. They learn to• Improves judgment.
accept responsibility for their classmate’s safety, assume leadership in team decision, accept moral responsibility for
actions towards their teammates, and develop a sense of fair play. . A good program teaches children they are responsible for their own health and fitness. They• Promotes self-discipline
learn to take control of their lives. . Physical education gives children the time and encouragement they need to set and strive for• Encourages goal setting
personal, achievable goals.
8 Psychological and Social Benefits
A daily physical education program helps children psychologically and socially. Here are some of the things a quality program does for them.
• Improves self-confidence and self-esteem. Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children. They become more confident, assertive, emotionally stable, independent and self-controlled.
• Provides and outlet for stress. Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, instead of acting out delinquent behavior.
• Strengthens their peer relationships. Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others more successfully. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games and sports is an important part of fitting in. Children learn the basic skills they will need in physical education, which makes new skills easier to learn.
• Reduces the risk of depression. A good program makes children less to depression and generally more optimistic about their lives.
• Promotes healthier lifestyles. Physical education helps children make a habit of an active lifestyle. They learn a lifelong concern for their personal health that makes them more productive adults.
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