Keeping Education ACTIVE

September 15, 2015

With school now back in full swing and the days of summer fading away, parents across the country are working to determine the best ways to help transition their children back into schedules and routines – healthy snacks and lunches, proper amounts of sleep, safe carpools and effective study habits. Appropriate physical activity outlets must be on that list too, right?

If someone were to tell you that almost half of all U.S. high schools have no budget for physical education would you believe it? And of those that do that the average budget for PE is under $800 per school overall? 

It’s sad but true, and rather alarming given the increasing rates of obesity throughout the U.S. With more than one third of the child and adolescent population in the U.S. being obese or overweight, clearly there is no time like the present to take action that will address and reverse this trend.

As a proud member of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, PFCD wants to rally your support and encourages you reach out to your Members of Congress NOW to let them know how important it is to preserve physical education in our nation's schools. Specifically, support for Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) and for inclusion of physical education as a core subject.

Whatever happened to practice what you preach? Given the great energy and funding devoted to workplace wellness efforts, it seems rather shortsighted to overlook America’s youth when it comes to instilling core principles of health and wellness throughout their formative school years.

Not only does regular physical activity support healthy physical, mental and emotional growth but it also helps reduce the risk of costly, chronic disease and can even improve academic performance. Promoting physical education and activity in schools NOW is a win all around in the near term for students as they advance in school and also as they graduate to the working world as key contributors to our U.S. economy.