Health and Physical Education
Healthy Active Children

According to recent statistics, more than one in five 5-11 year olds in North Carolina is overweight, putting them at risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and social and psychological problems such as poor self-esteem and discrimination. The chances that an overweight child will become an overweight adult are nearly 70%.

HAC outlines ways that health and physical education can encourage, monitor, and advocate for increased physical activity for students. Following HAC is insuring our Kids a Healthy Future!

Questions and Answers Regarding Physical Education and Physical Activity  (Retrieved from

Q. Are schools to implement 30 minutes daily of physical activity?
A. Yes. This policy passed in March of 2005 and will take effect in the fall of the 2006-2007.

Q. Does this 30 minute requirement replace physical education?
A. No. Physical education is a component of Healthful Living Standard Course of Study. As part of the Basic Education plan, Healthful Living should be offered to every student. In physical education, students should be taught, have time to practice, and be assessed on skills and knowledge that create active adults.

Q. What is the difference in Physical Education and physical activity?
A. Physical education is a curriculum. It is the environment in which students are taught skills, knowledge and concepts that enhance a physically active lifestyle. In other words, physical education teaches us how to be physically active. Think of yourself as an adult, whom did not learned the skills for volleyball, softball, tennis, or pacing yourself while running/walking. Most likely, you would not continue to participate in physical activity or recreational programs as an adult. Physical education builds skills, confidence and self-esteem to be physically activity. However, physical activity is a behavior that is being shaped. Physical activity can be done anywhere. Students may receive physical activity in a physical education class. However, students may not be comprehensively physically educated through physical activity.

Q. How are schools supposed to implement this without extra time in the day?
A. This policy is not an “add on.” Physical activity can be provided in physical education classes, through recess, intramurals, integrated through physical activity based curriculum for classroom teachers and other creative ways. One creative way some schools are integrating activity is through the TVs in the classroom. In one school, the Physical Education teachers lead classroom teachers through 10 minute activities while the classroom teacher monitors for safety. Another school has developed videos that each classroom teacher utilize to lead activity. Finally, some schools are being creative in their teaching methods to make their classroom lessons interactive while teaching their curriculum. Think of this as we do “physical activity across the curriculum” and not an add on of 30 minutes to the school day.

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