Encouraging a Healthy Lifestyle

It is my belief that Physical Education is an integral part of your child's K-12 Education.  Elementary and Junior/Senior High school help lay the foundation for a active and healthy life style while also assisting in building the necessary life skills needed to be successful later in life. 

It is my goal to bring units and activities that are engaging to each student and allows them to develop the skills and joy that will allow them to continue participating in those activities. We will cover a wide range of Activities through out the year. 

 
Benefits of Physical Education in School
 
Improved physical fitness:

A good program improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.

Stronger bones:

Regular physical activity increases bone density to create a sturdy skeleton..

Health promotion:

Appropriate physical activity prevents the onset of some diseases and postpones the debilitating effects of the aging process.

Improved judgment:

Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others and accept responsibility for their own behavior.

Self discipline:

A good program teachers children to follow rules and established procedures and to be responsible for the own health-related fitness.

Skill development:

Physical education develops skills which allow enjoyable and rewarding participation in physical activities. New skills become easier to learn.

Experience setting goals:

Physical education gives children the time and encouragement they need to set and strive for personal, achievable goals.

Improved self-confidence and self-esteem:

Physical education instills a strong sense of self-worth in children. They can become more confident, assertive, emotionally stable, independent and self-controlled.

Stress reduction:

Physical activity is an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety.

Strengthened peer relationships:

Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others more successfully. Being able to participate in games and sports is an important part of fitting in, especially for those in late childhood and early adolescence.

Reduced risk of depression:

Physical education is effective in the promotion of mental health.

More active lifestyles:

Physical education promotes a more positive attitude towards physical activity.


**Works Cited
 http://www.sausd.k12.ca.us/Page/14836