25 Mar


Do physical education teachers feel they are respected for what they truly do for their students? Or do people realize the full value of what they do? There is a new series of videos which basically show why…a P.E. Teachers has the most important job in a school.

U.S. children who don’t receive daily physical education at school are being compromised -- academically.  That’s the theme of three recently completed videos, produced by PHIT America, that were created to reveal the significant academic benefits for students who receive daily P.E. at school.  Those videos are designed to be viewed by professional educators, especially P.E. teachers, and by mothers and fathers of school-age children. 

“These are very important videos for the general public to watch, especially for parents and grandparents of school-age children,” said Jim Baugh, Founder, PHIT America.  “Superintendents, headmasters, principals, deans, student advisors, and classroom teachers must watch them, as well.  The videos truly showcase how physical activity breaks at school dramatically improve the learning environment for all students.”

Those three different PHIT America videos/documentaries are  30 minutes, 5 minutes, and 2 minutes – all of which can be found at videos.PHITAmerica.org.  Each video gives P.E. the respect that it deserves.

The purpose of this video-driven initiative is to educate parents about the issue so that they will speak out in their communities in support of making P.E. a bigger priority during every school day.  PHIT America is also asking the general public to support the revival of P.E. by donating to PHITKids.org.  These funds will be used to support PHIT America GO! Grants, geared primarily to providing a helping hand to elementary school P.E. programs.

Findings revealed in the videos clearly show that higher fitness levels help generate higher academic scores.  Isn’t that the objective of going to school – learning what is being taught in the classroom and getting higher test scores?  If so, implementing daily P.E. will help deliver better academic results, as findings from many studies reveal the positive connection between physical activity and learning.

Dr. John Ratey, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, opens each video with a stern message about physical inactivity in the U.S. 

“We are the most sedentary generation ever on this Earth,” stated Ratey.

Rates of physical inactivity in the U.S. are bad and getting worse, unless there’s a commitment to change, according to Ratey.  That change can start with introducing daily P.E. at school for all students.

The national figures on physical activity indicate that two-thirds of U.S. children are not active to healthy standards and 48% of all high schools in the U.S. have no P.E.  If implemented, daily P.E. classes in our schools will help reverse physical inactivity rates in the U.S., which currently exceed 82 million people.

In the videos, the academic benefits of physical activity are clearly stated.

“The kids that get daily P.E. are outperforming the kids that don’t have P.E.,” said Dr. Julian Reed, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina), who has conducted studies on the real power of P.E. 

“Exercise wakes the brain up and prepares it to be in its best learning situation,” stated Chad Fenwick, Advisor for Physical Education, K-12 (Los Angeles, California)

“Movement can change the whole dynamic of education,” stated Dave Spurlock, Director of P.E., Charleston (South Carolina) City Schools. “The best behaviors and the best academic outcomes are when they (students) come back in from physical education.”

“Exercise is the miracle drug because it (positively) affects every part of our bodies,” said Dr. Janice Key, Medical Director, MUSC Health-University Medical Center (Charleston, South Carolina)

The videos showcase comments by young students making profound statements in support of P.E.

“Fitness is a great thing.  It’s amazing.  It opens up your mind,” said Jenni.

“It (P.E.) gets me a lot more active and it helps me focus more (in the classroom),” agreed Joe.