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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School
AAHPERD Endorses IOM's New Report
RESTON, VA, May 23, 2013 – A managing organization of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Active Schools (LMAS) initiative, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) endorses the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report released today. The report recommends that "most daily physical activity occur during regular school hours in physical education classes, recess or breaks and classroom exercises, with additional opportunities available through active commutes to and from school, before- and after-school programs, and participation in intramural or varsity sports."
"The IOM report reinforces the importance of schools as a venue for children getting at least 60 minutes of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity every day," said AAHPERD CEO E. Paul Roetert, Ph.D. "It also supports our LMAS goals which provide simple steps and tools, including monetary support and training, to help schools create active environments where students get 60 minutes of daily physical activity through quality physical education and physical activity before, during and after the school day."
"In addition, we salute IOM's report for calling on 'the U.S. Department of Education to designate physical education as a core academic subject to draw attention and attract the resources necessary to enhance content, instruction and accountability,'" said Roetert. "Today is indeed a special day for physical education!"
"Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) will introduce the PHYSICAL Act in the US House of Representatives, to designate health education and physical education as core subjects within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) will join her as original co-sponsors. Two additional pieces of PE/PA legislation – FIT Kids and Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans – will also be introduced in Congress today."
AAHPERD President Gale Wiedow, Ph.D., of Dakota State University in South Dakota calls on all physical education professionals to read this comprehensive report and take action. "It is absolutely critical that we work to ensure equity so that all students have access to physical activity and physical education," said Dr. Wiedow. "To do that we need to garner support from local, district and state education administrators, school boards and parent-teacher organizations as well as support from local, state and federal government. I urge physical educators around the country to embrace this report and to educate everyone about the benefits of healthy, physically active and educated students."
To read the report, visit Institute of Medicine Of The National Academies.
AAHPERD congratulates AAHPERD members – Dr. Darla Castelli of the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Ang Chen of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dr. Jayne Greenberg of Miami-Dade Public Schools and Dr. Leah Robinson of Auburn University – who all served on this committee leading to this groundbreaking report. "We are so very proud of all of you," said Dr. Wiedow. "Your commitment and dedication to advancing the profession and children's health is unparalleled."
Visit Let's Move! Active Schools to register your school. Registered Let's Move! Active Schools will have an opportunity to access resources from such partners as Alliance for a Healthier Generation, NIKE, Inc., the GENYOUth Foundation, ChildObesity180, Kaiser Permanente, and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program partners, including the General Mills Foundation.
View AAHPERD's infographic on "Loopholes Stalling Progress in Physical Education" and AAHPERD's infographic about the benefits of physical activity.
Society of Health and Physical Educators