Physical education in schools has changed quite a bit over the years, largely due to the obesity epidemic and the health problems that it causes. Obesity among our nation’s young people is on the rise, and unfortunately, more and more children are spending their time doing stationary activities. A typical child spends approximately four to five hours a day watching television, using a computer, or playing video games.
In order to combat childhood obesity, physical education teachers must do their best to promote lifelong physical activity to boys and girls. As such, new developments in physical education have emerged, and the job of a PE teacher is now more important than ever.
A physical education teacher, and a good one for that matter, knows how to talk to their students about healthy eating. Diet is just as important as exercise, and as our country continues to get wider and bigger, it’s more important than ever that we teach our children what is healthy to eat and what to avoid.
Whether you’re a new PE teacher or a veteran, it’s important to know how to combine diet and exercise into fun activities for kids. Here are just a few tips to help get ideas flowing.
It may be apparent to a person who is interested in physical education that physical inactivity can result in a number of problems for children. Lack of play and movement helps to develop a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease. Additionally, it increases the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, low HDL or “good” cholesterol, and diabetes. Continue reading
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