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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The Importance of Physical Education as a School Subject

Our society has recognized English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies among other academic school subjects, as the most important ones within the education system. Physical Education (PE) lacks recognition, support, and attention in both the education system and society at large. The purpose of this research is to enlighten society on the significant impact that PE has for today’s youth and prove why it deserves the same recognition and attention that the four major subjects enjoy. A comprehensive literature review revealed that PE develops a healthy lifestyle, constructs social interactions between students, and helps our youth experience life span involvement by allowing them to learn an activity or sport that they will enjoy and use everyday to improve their overall health. PE also helps students become aware of health risk factors that include inactivity which may lead to heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, smoking or drug abuse.

Presenter: Peter Gonzalez (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Physical Education and Sport
Location: 105 Edwards
Time: 9:20 am (Session I)