File: We need physical education in our
schools. An education system isn't worth a great
deal if it teaches young people how to make a living and doesn't
teach them how to live.
Many studies have shown that kids who get sufficient
physical activity have better academic results. When you add
in the growing problem of childhood obesity and the risk
for adult-onset diseases in our kids, it's time to fight for
physical activity in schools. Here are some facts:
- Since 1980, the percentage
of overweight kids has nearly doubled and the percentage of
overweight adolescents has nearly tripled. In 2000, 15
percent of kids aged 6 to 11 were overweight and nearly 16 percent
of adolescents were overweight.
diabetes in adolescents increased ten-fold between 1982 and
-Nearly 200 studies on the
effect of exercise on cognitive functioning suggest that physical
activity supports learning.
-Two studies demonstrated that
providing more time for physical activity can lead to increased
test scores, particularly in the area of mathematics. Another
study liked physical activity programs to stronger academic
achievement, increased concentration and improved math, reading and
writing test scores.