Physical education should be a ‘core’ subject: Institute of Medicine


Physical education has not been considered as important as math and English in school.  Perhaps that is one of the main problems with health education in schools and that it is not being addressed as equally important as other core subjects.

Physical inactivity is truly an epidemic in the United States and a country with so many resources needs to instill healthy habits for its citizens.  Education begins at home, but children cannot spend a whole day in school without exercise.

Why physical education so difficult for schools to provide it?

A report titled “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School,”  states obstacles budget cuts — which have resulted in teacher layoffs and a lack of equipment and other resources — as well as policy pressures that have led schools to increase classroom time for standardized test preparation.

What are the consequences of not exercising regularly?

A lack of activity increases the risk of heart disease, colon and breast cancer, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression, and other diseases.

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