What role should physical education play in the outside-of-school physical activity environment?(Issues).

JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 81.4 (April 2010): p9(2). (790 words) Show details Document Type: Magazine/Journal Bookmark: Bookmark this Document

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COPYRIGHT 2010 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) As the fitness leaders in the community, physical educators should use every opportunity inside and outside of class to promote the health of the people around them. By taking the initiative to start intramural programs, activity clubs, and community fitness clinics, physical educators can spread the messages they teach to the whole community. With the high rate of overweight and obesity, it is important to have programs that involve adults and children alike. Students who take part in intramural programs and activity clubs will be excited about being active and will, one hopes, share this attitude with their families. By involving parents and other members of the community, these programs can increase the credibility of the school's physical education program and reinforce fitness concepts. Outside-of-class activities have the potential to affect the fitness levels of the whole community and, although it requires an extra commitment from physical educators, it is therefore worth the effort. --Jennifer Smith, graduate student, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC. Physical educators today can make a difference by promoting and supporting activities sponsored by members of the community. A resource sheet of organizations, groups, clubs, fitness centers, and community member's names and contact information could help to further student and parent interest. Physical educators must use all of the resources available, including colleagues, community organizations, universities or community colleges, state associations, parents, and students. Students at advanced levels in physical education, especially those in high school or college, may be an asset in the development of a before- or after-school program and could also assist in the implementation of the program, perhaps as part of a class requirement or credit. This way, physical educators do not need to take on all the weight themselves, but can use all resources available to create physically active students. --Krista Scronce, graduate assistant, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. I believe that, in order to stress the importance of physical activity for all students, opportunities for physical education need to be available after school hours. Much to our chagrin, most physical education (PE) teachers and their students are forced to cope with time constraints. This is unfortunate because, for many children, PE is their only opportunity to participate in physical activity in an educational environment, or at all. Not all students are able to participate in a team sport, so their only access to sport and fitness knowledge is through their school's PE department. There are probably many difficulties in organizing outside-of-school physical education programs because many PE teachers are already involved in coaching and the facilities are

already spoken for by the athletic departments. However, I think that an after-school physical education program would have the potential to greatly benefit students, especially those who try to disappear during regular class time or those with limitations, such as health or weight issues. --Derick Jungling, student, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. First, physical education teachers should help students to find an activity that they are really interested in and encourage them to continue to play at home or to join a community sport group that offers the activity. For example, if you recognize that a child is interested in playing soccer, encourage him or her to join the community soccer club. This will further the child's interest and also allow additional physical activity. Another way that the teacher can play a role is by providing students and parents information about after-school and weekend sport camps and activities that involve the outdoors. The teacher can send home flyers with the students or post information on a school web site. --Bevin Lamb, graduate student, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. Physical education provides ample opportunity for schools to reach out to the community in numerous ways. For example, our university hosts Saturdays in the Park for community families to participate in a variety of games for all ages and fitness levels. This monthly event provides the school with a chance to reach out to families in the community and promote physical activity. As more community members see the positive effect that physical education has on the schools and its students, they may begin to develop an interest in similar events, which would lead to a healthier and more physically active community. --Geoffrey Winkler and Hayden Bean, graduate students, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. September Question How strict should academic standards be for participation in interscholastic sports? Respond briefly * and send your response by June 30 to JOPERD, Issues, 1900 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191, or e-mail: joperd@aahperd.org * Preferred length is 200 words or less; occasionally, longer responses may be considered. Please include your institution's name and your position--whether faculty or staff member, administrator, or student. We also welcome suggestions for future Issues questions. Source Citation "What role should physical education play in the outside-of-school physical activity environment?" JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 81.4 (2010): 9+. InfoTrac Custom Periodicals 100. Web. 1 July 2010. Document URL http://find.galegroup.com/gtx/infomark.do?&contentSet=IACDocuments&type=retrieve&tabID=T002&prodId=SPJ.SP00&docId=A225603600&source=gale &srcprod=SP00&userGroupName=phmseuf&version=1.0

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