Health Education in Elementary Kids

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Introduction Health and Physical education in elementary children is very important in society today. From rainbow parachutes in elementary school to watching videos of pancakes models of the reproductive system in sixth grade, health and physical education teaches children very important aspects on how to live a healthy and active life style. Physical and Health education affects elementary and middle school children in several different ways. More than nine million adolescents are categorized as obese to this day and a lot of this has to do with health and physical education being cut out of schools. Physical education has been shown to not only to make children physically healthier, but mentally as well. The objective of this research paper is to show a relationship between health and physical education, lower obesity rate, and academic achievement in elementary and middle school children. Why is Physical Education Being Cut? Gym classes are being cut all across the country to satisfy test scores in math and reading and to save money. By high school only a third take gym class daily, according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. And it's not like most kids are making up for lost gym classes by working out on their own time. More than 60 percent of children aged 9 to 13 do not participate in any organized physical activity during their non-school hours and 23 percent do not engage in any free-time physical activity at all (Huberty, 2012). The phasing out of physical education comes at a time when doctors are warning educators and parents about the dangers of child obesity and other health issues. Meanwhile, researchers are beginning to provide the relationship between fitness and excelling in school. Many public health experts and physicians recommend daily gym class from kindergarten through high school. Gym class requirements vary
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