National Academy of Medicine

An Educator’s View: Reflecting on Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions

March 22, 2016 | Commentary

As a physical educator and now the director of health and physical education (PE) for a large urban school district, I constantly struggle for funding, appropriate scheduling, and sufficient space for quality PE classes, recess, and other physical activity opportunities for our schools. At times, our profession is compelled to justify its very existence, or at least to try to explain why physical education is important for all children. I am always searching for evidence that will support the value of quality programs, and I found that evidence in Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions—Workshop Summary. 

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An Educator's View

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