Many students in North Carolina do not get the physical education (PE) they need. With an ever-growing number of priorities competing for time during the school day, too many of our children have lost what was once a given: access to quality PE.
PE addresses the needs of the whole student and has a positive impact on their physical, emotional, and mental health. PE reduces stress and increases self-esteem, keeping students’ minds and bodies healthy. When students have PE, they do better in school and have a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases. By teaching students about the important of physical activity when they are young, we can ensure they pick up healthy habits that will last them a lifetime.
NCAH supports fully funding PE in schools and promotes measures that ensure students receive effective PE programs.