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Why Kids Need Physical Education


When discussing the most important subjects in school, physical education probably does not make the list. But, research has shown that students who participate in physical education class in school are generally more successful than those who do not.

According to PHIT America, a campaign dedicated to increasing physical activity and fitness to improve the health of America, physical education in school has proven to benefit children now and in the future. Benefits include:

• Improved academics
• Teaches self discipline
• Stress reduction
• Strengthened peer relationships
• Improved physical fitness

Research by the Physical Activity Council shows that not having physical education as a student often results in a sedentary lifestyle as an adult. In fact, 41 percent of Americans studied who listed themselves as totally inactive today did not participate in physical education in school.

Most states do require students to participate in physical education at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, according to a 2015-16 Shape of the Nation report. Forty-four states require elementary schools to provide physical education classes; physical education is required for middle school students in 41 states and 46 states require physical education for high school students.

Does your school require physical education classes? Are they offered year round or in blocks throughout the year?