Schools are where our children learn lessons that last a lifetime. Learning to lead active, healthy lives should be one of them, but for far too many kids, this just isn’t the case anymore. By requiring active participation in daily physical education classes, providing activity breaks throughout the day, and supporting walking and bicycling to school, schools can increase students’ physical activity — and help them perform better academically, as many studies show.
Yet competing priorities are making effective physical education (PE) programs less and less common. In fact, only 4% of elementary, 8% of middle and 2% of high schools provide daily PE or its equivalent for the entire year.
But with your help, we can change that. Join the movement today and say "I ️PE” and make sure our leaders know you expect them to protect PE in our schools.
I Heart PE!
The benefits of physical education (PE) ring clear as a school bell. With daily PE, we can keep kids’ hearts healthy and their minds in gear to do their best at school. The fact is, active kids learn better. And the benefits don’t end there. Physical education has positive impacts on their physical, mental, and emotional health.
It’s really quite simple: PE helps kids do better in school and lead healthier lives.
I join the American Heart Association in supporting policies that help keep kids active and healthy, because I Heart PE, and I want to make sure every school in America does as well.