This post reflects a compensated editorial partnership with Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
If your child attends public school you need to ask yourself a question. Is your child getting enough PE time? The focus from most people is always….is my child getting enough time for reading, math, science and PE is rarely part of the discussion. That is unfortunate and needs to change because PE is vital to the health and education of our children.
Is Your Child Getting Enough PE Time?
I have been a school nurse for over 16 years. It has been apparent to me during my career that physical education is an important part of the school day. Children need to be active, and sitting in class all day is not natural. PE classes give kids a chance to move and develop fine and gross motor skills. It isn't just about fun.
Do You Know How Much PE Your Child Gets?
Many parents have an assumption of how often their child has PE class based on how often they had it as a kid. Unfortunately, times have changed and I think some parents would be shocked to know how INFREQUENTLY their child actually has PE class. Ask some questions and see how much physical education your child really gets each week. If you don't think it is enough…there are some things you can do!
Voices for Healthy Kids
Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, wants to start a national conversation about the need to ensure effective physical education as part of EVERY child's education. Watch this video that talks more about their mission.
How Can You Help Keep Kids in PE?
If you believe that PE is important to the academic success of children, there are some steps you can take. Join the PE Action Team today. The PE Action Team will keep you updated on the campaign and will provide you with opportunities to get involved.
You can also find out how to make a difference in your local community. There is a TOOLKIT that will give you lots of ideas and information to make a change at your local level to increase PE time for kids.
How Has PE Impacted Your Life?
I look back on my years in PE and have some great memories. Some of my favorite memories of elementary school were made in physical education class with my teacher, Ms. Nicholas. I didn't know at the time how much she was really teaching me because she made it so fun.
What are your favorite memories of PE class? Do your children get adequate PE time? Remember…working together, we can make a difference!