Physical Activity and Physical Education Resources for Distance Learning
Physical Activity vs. Physical Education
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes health and fitness and helps to reduce obesity and the risk of having chronic conditions. To achieve this recommendation children and youth must participate in a quality physical education program and physical activity throughout the day in addition to recreational or competitive sports.
Physical education provides learning opportunities for the students to be able to choose lifelong healthy behaviors trough movement while engaging in emotional and social activities necessary for human development. Physical activity alone cannot offer all these benefits especially when it is delivered from home. We understand that physical activity at home is important during this time but it should not be viewed as a substitute for a quality physical education program. To learn more about physical education vs. physical activity, click here.