Almost half of all high school students can’t take physical education classes. The average annual school budget for physical education currently stands at just $768. And with one-third of our kids overweight or obese, this epidemic is costing our health care system anywhere from $147 to $210 billion each year.
That’s why we’re urging lawmakers to save physical education by ensuring that the Early and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) designates physical education as a core subject, preserves the current Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), and provides it with robust funding. Right now, the Senate’s version of the ESEA meets each of these requirements, and will go a long way to helping us invest in our children’s health as well as cut down on health care costs down the road.
Join us and tell your lawmakers to save these provisions by funding a program that has already helped hundreds of thousands of children get active. PEP provides desperately needed resources that help cut down on obesity, teach healthy habits that will last a lifetime, and help kids do better in the classroom.