Mandate ALL public schools, provide quality Physical Education programs throughout Ohio.
What is a quality Physical Education program? A program that requires Physical Education, for every student, a minimum of 3 times a week; taught by certified Physical Education instructors.
Currently, there are Physical Education programs in Ohio, that offer Physical Education as few as once every 6 days!
Currently, there are Physical Education programs in Ohio that are being taught by aides and classroom teachers!
Currently, there is legislation up, that will allow district to eliminate quality Physical Education programs at the elementary level.
Our kids deserve better!
With 1/3 of our nation being obese and 30.4% of Ohioans being obese, we need change. By 2030, we are on track For over 50% of our country and our state to be obese! These are our kids of today, looking at being the first generation to NOT outlive their parents! Quality Physical Education is a major player in reversing obesity. Not only for health benefits, but fit and active students perform up to 20% higher academically! Physical Education assessment is required by the state. However, some teachers see their students as little as once every 6 days, while others see their students Daily! Can you name any other required testing that has this discrepancy? Our kids are too important to ignore the health issues due to the elimination of quality Physical Education programs! Anyone with knowledge of health and fitness will confirm that youth and adults need quality exercise a minimum of 3 days a week and ideally, 60 minutes a day.
This petition is to make Physical Education mandatory in ALL public schools and to meet a minimum of 3 days a week. How will districts be able to afford this? With overweight and obesity costing us between 150-210 BILLION dollars a year, and the health of generations of youth, I think the question would be: How can we afford NOT to require equal and quality Physical Education?!
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