Physical education is being reduced or eliminated in many schools across the nation, making it more difficult to combat childhood obesity. This is the finding by University of Georgia researchers.
The researchers conducted a nationwide study and found that only six states require the 150-minute-per-week recommendation for elementary school physical education. Just two states mandate the middle school guidelines and no states enforce the high school guidelines; the recommendations are 225 minutes a week at both levels.
Experts say the first step to ensuring children have a healthy level of school-based physical education is to ensure that states have mandates regarding quality physical education with clear requirements.
Also, we need to implement a surveillance system to ensure schools adhere to the mandate.
The study appears in the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.
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