Mandating physical education


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Children in daily physical activity have shown superior academic performance and attitude toward school.

Exercise has been shown to improve scores on short-term memory, reaction time and creativity; and young persons who exercised daily outperformed other students on exams.

The physical education minutes required are: "We are paying a tremendous price for the physical inactivity epidemic affecting our country. Surgeon General Inactivity is a leading cause of preventable death.

People are paying with pain and suffering and society pays with money and lost productivity." - Dr. Inactivity and poor diet cause at least 300,000 deaths a year in the United States. People begin to acquire and establish patterns of health-related behaviors during childhood and adolescence; thus young people should be encouraged to engage in physical activity.

Well-designed physical education curricula will promote a lifelong physically active lifestyle that can enhance longevity and quality of life; reduce cardiovascular disease, cancer, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, accidental falls, and obesity; and contribute to mental and social well-being (U. Based on an extensive review of research and practice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1997).