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Importance of Physical Education for Teenagers

Physical Education | November 3, 2016

By: Jaci L. Van Heest, PhD., Member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board

Recently, at the request of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition, the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) used Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) datasets to examine long-term attendance trends in high school physical education (PE). The resulting “Secular Changes in Physical Education Attendance” report revealed some concerning findings. As a scientist and lifelong advocate for the physical fitness of our young people, I see this study as a wakeup call—and a mandate for us to do better.

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