Physical Education : High School Essay

1668 Words Apr 29th, 2015 7 Pages
Physical Education in High School
With the rise of the technological age, it seems like the only thing that is not improving is the world’s health. Everyday, children face social pressures, academic stressors, and distractions in the form of electronics and social media outlets. Couple the previous statement with the fact that school systems across the country are placing less of an importance on physical activity, and it should be no surprise that 1 out of every 3 children ages 2-19 are overweight, or at risk of becoming overweight (CDC). Physical education should be required in all four years of high school because it promotes a healthy lifestyle, builds skills essential all throughout ones life, and provides an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety.
Because of the age of technology, researchers have seen a drastic decline in the amount of time students spend exercising (Chandler). Cell phones, TV 's, and computers have taken away time that was previously spent outside (Chandler). Furthermore, activities such as jump rope and hopscotch have been replaced by the less strenuous video games, and on-demand television. The standards set in Michelle Obama 's 2008 campaign "Lets Move" recommend that "children and adolescents engage in some combination of aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening physical activity for at least one hour per day, seven days a week" (Toporek). Other health organizations such as NASPE (National Association of Sport and Physical…

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