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Educating the student body : taking physical activity and physical education to school / Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment, Food and Nutrition Board ; Harold W. Kohl III and Heather D. Cook, editors ; Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

E-book E-book ([2013])
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF file (xiii, 488 pages)) : illustrations.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2013]
1 of 1 copy available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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Merrimack College Stacks (Lower Level) RC255 .E488 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9780309283144
  • ISBN: 0309283140
General Note: Title from PDF title page.
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Summary -- Introduction -- Status trends of physical activity behaviors and related school policies -- Physical activity and physical education : relationship to growth, development, and health -- Physical activity, fitness, and physical education effects on academic performance -- Approaches to physical education in schools -- Approaches to physical activity in schools -- Effectiveness of physical activity and physical education policies and programs : summary of the evidence -- Recommendations.
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Summary: Physical inactivity is a key determinant of health across the lifespan. A lack of activity increases the risk of heart disease, colon and breast cancer, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression and others diseases. Emerging literature has suggested that in terms of mortality, the global population health burden of physical inactivity approaches that of cigarette smoking. The prevalence and substantial disease risk associated with physical inactivity has been described as a pandemic. The prevalence, health impact, and evidence of changeability all have resulted in calls for action to increase physical activity across the lifespan. In response to the need to find ways to make physical activity a health priority for youth, the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment was formed. Its purpose was to review the current status of physical activity and physical education in the school environment, including before, during, and after school, and examine the influences of physical activity and physical education on the short and long term physical, cognitive and brain, and psychosocial health and development of children and adolescents. Educating the Student Body makes recommendations about approaches for strengthening and improving programs and policies for physical activity and physical education in the school environment. This report lays out a set of guiding principles to guide its work on these tasks. These included: recognizing the benefits of instilling life-long physical activity habits in children; the value of using systems thinking in improving physical activity and physical education in the school environment; the recognition of current disparities in opportunities and the need to achieve equity in physical activity and physical education; the importance of considering all types of school environments; the need to take into consideration the diversity of students as recommendations are developed. This report will be of interest to local and national policymakers, school officials, teachers, and the education community, researchers, professional organizations, and parents interested in physical activity, physical education, and health for school-aged children and adolescents.
Funding Information: This study was supported by Grant No. 69449 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
Source of Description: Description based on version viewed June 11, 2014.
Citation: Kohl, Harold W. "Educating the student body : taking physical activity and physical education to school." Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2013.

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