Mandating physical education classes in schools k 12
In other states — California, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New York, South Carolina and Vermont — standards are being developed for health and PE programs. About 38 percent watched TV for three hours or more each school night.
Before Tennessee dropped PE in 1992 — under pressure to focus on the basics — students had to take 30 minutes a day until fourth grade, two hours a week until eighth grade and one high school credit.
The benefits associated with engaging in regular physical activity are well documented, but a large segment of the population is not sufficiently active.
School physical education and sport programs are identified as important components in efforts to promote physical activity.
But there's no set time or curriculum, said state Sen.• In addition to physical education, recess can provide an opportunity for students to engage in vigorous- or moderate-intensity physical activity and has been shown to improve classroom behavior. Relation of school environment and policy to adolescent physical activity: Research article. • Disparities in access to quality physical education exist, particularly for Hispanic students and those of lower socioeconomic status. "What good is an education if you don't have your health," asks Ketron. Phil Bredesen has said he wants to spend million over the next three years to fight diabetes and obesity.Tennessee is third in the nation for childhood obesity and among the top five for Type II diabetes in children, according to the American Heart Association.