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New Yorkers Share Their Stories: “We must fight so our kids have PE”

“Even though the law says that our kids should have a certain number of hours of PE class, they aren’t getting it. If we as parents don’t speak up about it, no one will do anything for us. We must fight so our kids have PE.” – Rafaela, Queens parent

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Access to physical education (PE) is a right, not a privilege, yet many students in New York aren’t getting this opportunity to exercise, learn, and thrive in school.

As a member of the New York City Phys Ed 4 All Coalition, the American Heart Association is thrilled to announce the launch of a series of videos that share the stories of New Yorkers fighting for every student's right to effective PE. In these videos, parents, youth, and educators from across the city talk about the value of PE in their lives to cultivate healthy lifestyles, communication and leadership skills, and better learning. They also describe the challenges of overcrowding and limited space and time for PE.

Watch and share these powerful stories about the importance of physical education.

 Rafaela and Fernando, Queens residents

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