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Mr. Bryan Edwards
In today's high tech, instant gratification, and extremely sedentary lifestyles it's no wonder our nation faces a national obesity health crisis. With annual health care costs over $150 billion dollars, Physical Education is once again becoming more important within our schools and the curriculums our students are being exposed to.
- In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents.
- Along with rising obesity rates, the rate of prescription drug use by children for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol is increasing.
- Only about half of children and adolescents meet the recommended 60 minutes of vigorous to moderate physical activity each day.
- Of all U.S. deaths from major chronic diseases, 23% are linked to sedentary lifestyles.
- Evidence suggests that physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive ability, avoiding tobacco use, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
- Resent studies have found a strong correlation between aerobic fitness and academic performance as measured by grades in core subjects and standardized tests scores.
- Several large-scale studies found improvements in students' academic performance with increased time spent in physical education.
With all this persuasive evidence, it's clear physical activity is associated with lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, and some cancers. The American Heart Association strongly advocates for daily, quality physical education in our nation's schools, as well as promoting other healthy lifestyle choices, such as better nutrition. Therefore, our schools need the support of our communities and the nation to promote the absolute necessity of our students receiving a high quality physical education as part of their overall educational experience.
Resources: The American Heart Associate, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention