An article off the Huffington Post website addressed a concern our country has been facing for quite some time now – childhood obesity. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity effects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States - triple the rate from just one generation ago. Solutions are not simple, but there are some choices that schools can make to help this matter. The Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. (Klein, 2013) Good news is that most schools do have mandatory PE programs, however; most students do not meet the requirements of getting the recommended amount of time per week.
CDC recommends the following:
- All elementary school students should spend an average of 30 minutes each day in PE class.
- Middle and high school students should spend an average of 45 minutes each day in PE class.