Students need daily opportunities to be physically active and to have access to healthy foods for their optimal growth, development and learning. Regular physical activity is one of the most important ways to improve physical, mental and emotional health and has been linked to improved academic outcomes. Good nutrition has been shown to increase a student’s capacity for learning and improve student attendance.
Physical activity is important for good health and learning and can be integrated into the school day without compromising student achievement. Physical activity causes changes in the body chemistry that improves mood and cognitive functioning. Schools play a significant role in providing opportunities for students to be physically active throughout the school day and also in before and after school programs
Physical education is a curriculum taught by a qualified physical education teacher. Instruction is designed to promote physical fitness, to develop motor skills, and to instill knowledge and understanding of rules, concepts, and strategies. Physical education standards help to maintain quality and sequential education.