Why is Physical Education So Important?

Children who engage in physical activities and healthy lifestyles are more likely to grow into active and healthy adults. P.E. promotes opportunities for children to be creative, cooperative, and competitive; and to face up to different challenges both as individuals and in groups. 


  • Children learn to understand the importance of exercising for a lifetime. The benefits of regular physical activity include increased physical health, mental health, and even cognitive function.
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  • Regular, physical activity is the best antidote to eliminate obesity and maintain an acceptable body weight.  Current research is demonstrating that the United States and many other countries are suffering from an obesity epidemic.
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  • It also provides a positive alternative to watching television or playing on computers or mobile phones. More kids than ever are falling victim to the "electronic age", which results in lots of time spent sitting!
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  • Many activities taught in PE require children to work in groups to solve problems or as a team. These opportunities are excellent for developing both leadership and cooperation skills.
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  • Children learn the fundamental motor skills that enable them to develop the competence that creates confidence and leads to safe and successful participation in a wide range of sports.  Children learn to develop the notion of fair play, fair play, good sportsmanship, and dealing with the feelings of both success and defeat.
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