Definition of Physical Education in the Coordinated School Health Model
A planned, sequential K-12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics. Quality physical education should promote, through a variety of planned physical activities, each student's optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development, and should promote activities and sports that all students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives. Qualified, trained teachers teach physical activity.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/cshp/)
Tools and Resources
- Active and Healthy Schools Get Kids Moving (Video)
- The Need for Physical Education and Activity in Our Schools
- Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States
- State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2010