REDUCED RISK OF HEART DISEASE
Physical Education can counteract the major risk factors of coronary heart disease: obesity, inactivity, and high blood pressure.
IMPROVED PHYSICAL FITNESS
A good program improves children’s muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition (fat to muscle ratio), and cardiovascular endurance.
Regular physical activity increases bone density to create a sturdier skeleton.
A good program can help children regulate their weight by burning calories, toning their bodies and improving their overall body composition.
Appropriate physical activity prevents the onset of some diseases and postpones the debilitating effects of old age. It reduces: the risk of dying prematurely, the risk of developing high blood pressure, the risk of developing colon cancer, the risk of developing diabetes, and helps reduce high blood pressure in people who have it.
Quality Physical Education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership roles, cooperate with others, question actions and regulations, and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
A good program teaches children they are responsible for their own health and fitness.
Physical Education develops skills which allow for enjoyable and rewarding participation in physical activities. New skills and activities become easier to learn.
EXPERIENCE SETTING GOAL
Physical Education gives children the time and the encouragement they need to set and strive for, personal, achievable goals.
IMPROVED SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM
Physical Education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children. They can become more confident, assertive, emotionally stable, independent and self-controlled.
Physical activity becomes and outlet for releasing tension and anxiety.
STRENGHTENED PEER RELATIONSHIPS
Physical Education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others more successfully. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games and sports is an important part of fitting in.
REDUCED RISK OF DEPRESSION
A good program is effective in the promotion of mental health.
MORE ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
Physical Education promotes a more positive attitude toward physical activity.