A lot of debates happen about whether or not health/ physical education should be part of the curriculum. I personally think that it should. I think that students need to be educated on how living a healthy lifestyle can improve their quality of life. I do agree when it is said that physical education should not only focus on doing activities like dodge ball or main stream sports like football and baseball, but I think that ensuring that students are offered the chance to participate in some sort of physical activity is important. Some students are not given the opportunity to participate in sports and activities outside of school, so giving the opportunity in school can make a great difference.
An article I found called Be a Fit Kid: Nutrition and Physical Activity for the Fourth Grade talks about how a fitness and nutrition program has been placed in the fourth grade curriculum in certain schools in the states. Since the program was successful, it has also been adapted and expanded for grades one to five, and they are currently trying to create one for universities. The goal of the program is to help students have exposure to a combination of nutrition education, physical activity, and heart-healthy cafeteria meals. By educating the students in these areas, it has a potential of reducing obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other lifestyle-related diseases.
I think that by implementing a program like this into all grade levels, it would provide students the opportunity to learn about topics that they may not have ever had the chance to be educated on, which can help them to live healthier lives. Parents can also be a part of the program so that it can be something that the whole family can take part in. The Kid’s Health website gives information on simple at home health tips that can be done to make a lifestyle healthier.
As a future educator, looking into having a curriculum based program is something I would like to do. Promoting a healthy lifestyle for my students and their family can be a simple, and rewarding thing.