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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

More Schools Requiring PE But Few Include Exercise...Huh?

You have to ask yourself, what do they do in PE if not exercise?  I'm baffled by the contradiction.

We don't need billions in research on obesity in children.  Common sense is all that's needed.  Fitness is a simple equation of food intake fueling physical activity, leading to calorie burning.  A + B = C.

That's it.   Not rocket science.  All this hoopla about restricting foods in schools, calorie labeling, and removing toys from Happy Meals is nonsense.  People (and I include kids here) eat what they want, not what you want them to.  If nutrition needs to be addressed, begin at home.

If you want to eat pizza, then burn it off with extra exercise.  That's the way it works.

But it appears our school systems haven't got the message yet.  They schedule PE classes, according to this report (Assoc Press, June 2), but don't set any goal for exercise as a part of it:
"More states are requiring physical education for elementary, middle and high school students, though few require kids to exercise for a specific amount of time.  A report released Tuesday by the American Heart Association and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education said exercise for schoolchildren is also threatened by a rising number of waivers and exemptions from PE in school districts around the country."
And only five states require PE from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

I wrote about this last week.  PE shouldn't be a classroom event.  If you want to take "some" time to teach kids about healthy eating and healthy living, OK.  But what they really need is to get outside, get their heart rate up and keep it there for a sustained period.

And it doesn't have to be boring calisthenics.  This is not boot camp.  It can be sports, or anything fun, to include "running, jumping, wrestling, play fighting, chasing, fleeing..." according to Anthony Pellegrini, professor of early childhood education at the Univ of MN.  Not only does it strengthen bones and muscles, improve cardiovascular health, and all that other physiological jazz, it brings children together, makes them happy and promotes health socialization, according to him.

Every school curriculum needs to include daily physical exercise (NOT Phys Ed, if it doesn't include exercise). 

What's not to like?  It even makes the kids more alert; they think more clearly so they absorb all that New Math garbage, and get a good grade in Checkbook Keeping 101.

Doc D

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