Determinants Of Daily K-12 Physical Education For Children And  

Abstract Category: Education
Course / Degree: Health and Physical Activity Promotion
Institution / University: Central State University, United States
Published in: 2012

Paper Abstract / Summary:

Obesity is an epidemic posing a major concern among children and adolescents in the United States, causing an increase in health related problems which increases the cost of health care (Ohio Hospital Association, 2010). It is well documented that through prevention and management of obesity is effective in reducing future medical expenses.Ohio has witnessed a 26% increase in overweight and obesity in school age children (Ohio Department of Health, 2010; Ohio Hospital Association, 2010). Research has shown that regular exercise or physical activity (i.e., 5-6 days for 45 minutes) reduces the onset of cardiovascular disease and various forms of cancer (Maddison, Mhurchu, Jiang, Hoorn, Rodgers, Lawes, et al., 2007). Regular exercise and physical activity can be simple activities; such as walking, jumping rope, or cycling, which can be easily incorporated into the daily lifestyles of children and adolescents. Once regular exercise and physical activity is initiated it becomes habitual and a great motivator to live a healthier life. A focus group will be formed consisting of licensed health and physical education teachers. This specific group of people is selected to participate in this project because of their expanded knowledge in health and wellness, along with a keen awareness of childhood obesity.  This project attempts to persuade Ohio K-12 school administrators, officials, educational policy makers, and parents that daily physical education should be mandated. It should be noted that Ohio ranks 12th nationally in prevalence of childhood obesity (Ohio Department of Health, 2010; Ohio Hospital Association, 2010). It can be surmised by saying children and adolescents should be provided with daily physical education to fight against the overwhelming epidemic causing an array of major health concerns in our children and adolescent population. Conclusive evidence has demonstrated that regular physical activity lowers the risk of high cholesterol, type II diabetes, psychosocial problems, depression and heart disease (Mitchell & Olds, 1999; Fairclough & Stratton, 2005; Coday, Klesges, Garrison, Johnson, O’Toole & Morris, 2002; Maddison, Mhurchu, Jiang, Hoorn, Rodgers, Lawes, et al., 2007).

Paper Keywords/Search Tags:
health education, physical education, children

This Paper Abstract may be cited as follows:
Searcy, J. (2012). Determinants of Daily K-12 Physical Education for Children and Adolescent Health.

Submission Details: Paper Abstract submitted by Joshua Searcy, Ed.D. from United States on 29-May-2012 03:50.
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