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School-age youths should participate daily in 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity that is developmentally appropriate, enjoyable, and involves a variety of activities.9,10,11
Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.
Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.
Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.
Support Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids (FIT Kids) Act. The FIT Kids Act would require all schools, districts, and states to report the amount of time spent in required physical education as measured against the national standard on their Title I report cards. This would arm parents and advocates with the necessary information to encourage schools to offer the required amount of physical education time for students.
Fund the Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress Act (PEP) in FY 2013. The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) is the only federal education funding available for physical education. It is only .002% of the U.S. Department of Education budget. Learn More.
NASPE urges policymakers, school administrators, teachers and families to join together to provide a balanced and comprehensive education of the whole child for life in the 21st century.
Quality youth sport experiences provide important developmental opportunities for children and youth. Quality sport programs provide a positive, safe and self-enhancing experience for all participants. Well-qualified coaches are the key to quality sport experiences.
The eight domains of the new second edition of Quality Coaches, Quality Sports: NationalStandards for Sport Coaches are as follows: