"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity." JFK
The goal of physical education is to develop PHYSICALLY LITERATE individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.
According to the Surgeon General - School systems SHOULD also require daily physical education for students allowing 150 minutes per week for elementary schools and 225 minutes per week for secondary schools.
State Board of Education in Michigan Recommends -
Policy on Quality Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools:
.....instructional periods of physical education totaling 150 minutes per week at the elementary level and 225 minutes per week at the secondary level (middle and high school), for students of all abilities, including those with disabilities, and those in alternative education programs.
What do we currently have?? K-4th grade has PE twice a week for 30 minutes, totaling 60 minutes a week.
5th and 6th grade have 250 minutes every other week, averaging 125 minutes a week.
Currently the State of Illinois is the ONLY state that respects the surgeon general's recommendation for physical activity. Physical Activity is important, learning skills to build up confidence is important. Be a voice and encourage the state of MI to jump on board!
Stay tuned for more facts on obesity and how exercise can improve grades AND behavior!!