P.E. in Schools

Physical education is being reduced or eliminated in many schools across the nation, making it more difficult to combat childhood obesity.{} This is the finding by University of Georgia researchers.

The researchers conducted a nationwide study and found that only six states require the 150-minute-per-week recommendation for elementary school physical education. {}Just two states mandate the middle school guidelines and no states enforce the high school guidelines; the recommendations are 225 minutes a week at both levels.

{}Experts say the first step to ensuring children have a healthy level of school-based physical education is to ensure that states have mandates regarding quality physical education with clear requirements.

{}Also, we need to implement a surveillance system to ensure schools adhere to the mandate. {}

The study appears in the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.