Many of the things that we as adults take for granted of “just knowing how to do,” are often rooted in skills we learned in physical education (PE) class.
Although it is often easy to forget, our first exposure to most physical activities, even those we simply appreciate as spectators, began in PE. Physical education has been an important tool for providing physical activity in American schools for over a century. It teaches students the basics integrating exercise into their lives to establish a lifetime of healthy living. Unfortunately, many schools are cutting back on traditional physical education programs because of budget pressures and competing academic demands. So those activities we take for granted now are things that our children, who aren’t receiving adequate amounts of PE today, are not learning.
With this in mind, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Physical Education for All Kids (PEAK) Coalition launched a back to school campaign in September. The campaign provides “tongue-in-cheek” examples of adults failing at basic movements, because they never learned how their bodies work in PE.
As AHA continues our work to protect PE in schools in 2018 and beyond, we hope you enjoy these as much as we do, and remember…Physical Education is Important!