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The Great Challenge for Physical Education

by Cathrine Himberg - May 16, 2005

Arguably, no other subject area, if taught well, has the potential to impact a studentís quality of life as profoundly as physical education. Health and wellness are major concerns for all of us, whether we drive a bus, manage a company, or conduct research at a university. As much as science has improved our ability to treat diseases, prevention is always a better way to go. Our focus on prevention has led to the discovery that regular participation in physical activity helps prevent a number of our top killers, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. It is my opinion that physical education should focus on promoting wellness by helping students become physically active, now and for the rest of their lives. Thereís no longer doubt about the need to get more people off the couch.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 16, 2005
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11873, Date Accessed: 10/23/2020 10:39:21 PM

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  • Cathrine Himberg
    California State University at Chico
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    CATHRINE HIMBERG is the Director of Concerned Adults and Students for Physical Education Reform (CASPER www.supportREALteachers.org) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the California State University, Chico.
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