What are the benefits of a physical education program?

The benefits of a physical education program are often overlooked. Regular physical activity is associated with a healthier, longer life, lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. School based programs provide a structured setting in which to integrate physical activities and instruction in good nutrition into students’ daily lives and hopefully develop a lifetime of healthy living.

Physical education programs do more than prevent future health issues. Playing a team sport gives children the opportunity to develop critical life skills, such as problem solving, strategy and working together to achieve a goal. Children learn good sportsmanship …