Physical Education

Should be required in schools


How much exercise do your children actually get at school? Children these days lack the amount of exercise they get. Exercising is not a hard task, even if you don’t have a membership to a gym or have your own equipment there are many other ways that you can exercise. Schools do not require students to take a physical education classes. The United States is one of the most obese countries in the world. Children and young adults are suppose to get around 60 minutes of exercise a day, if not more, and they should also participate in activities such as sports. 80% of children are also not consuming the appropriate amount of each food group during their meals, and 44% of high school students are not enrolled in an PE class(Schools Urge to Combat Obesity), so when they lack that much exercise and nutrients they start to become obese.

but when they that much exercise they start to become obese.


Physical Education should be required in all schools, because children are becoming obese, which causes health problems and risk of diseases that in some cases can cause death. Plus, it has been proven that students do better academically when they are associated with physical activities.

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Obesity is the number 1 problem in America, obesity in children has almost doubled in the past 30 years. Being overweight can cause thousands of diseases, one of the biggest problems that come from obesity is CVD, or cardiovascular disease. For women CVD is a major risk for premature death. CVD causes a lot of other diseases like hypertension, cholesterol disorders, and type 2 diabetes (Schools urge to combat obesity). Schools should include lessons on CVD, and other bad health habits and issues, because if children don’t know what these diseases are and how they harm your body, then they will be afraid that this will happen to them and try to prevent it. Children who learn healthy habits at a young age tend to be healthier when they grow up. Some studies have shown that adult heart disease starts when children are still young. They best way to stay healthy is to exercise, there are many way to do this, even if you don’t have a machine or weights you can always just go outside and run or go swimming. People say you have to exercise for 60 minutes a day, but even if you exercise for 10-15 minutes five to six times a day you will still get the same results as you would have exercising for a straight 60 minutes.

Here is a video about physical education making a comback!

Why recess and physical education are making a comeback


All in all, physical education should be required in schools because it not only helps the children's health it helps them academically. Kids enjoy being outside and doing fun things, so why not do it anyways. It is like a two in one deal you get them to be active and they are having fun well doing it. In addition to schools requiring PE they should also set goals for teachers, kids, and parents to promote healthy diet and physical activates. When kids are required to learn about physical fitness and healthy living habits, they can take that home to their parents and families and teach them what they are learning so everybody can become healthy. Kids are at school for 180 days a year, 5 day a week for 7 hours a day, it’s a perfect place to add some physical activities (Schools Urge to Combat Obesity). So, schools should require PE classes, and kids should be active in school sports or sports outside of school.

Work cited

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