Physical Education at WL
UNIFIED SPORTS DAY SATURDAY MAY 6TH AT CONARD HS. 10:00-12:00
LET ME WIN.
BUT IF I CAN NOT WIN,
LET ME BE BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT.
Special Olympics Motto
Sneakers and loose clothing that allow your child to move freely, comfortably and safely are appropriate for physical education classes. Some additional hints that will help your children enjoy their time in physical education classes include:
- Empty pockets before coming to class,
- Tie back long hair,
- Refrain from wearing jewelry, and
- Remember that skirts, dresses and tight clothing can restrict movement
The West Hartford K-12 Physical Education Program is based on helping students develop healthy, active lifestyles by experiencing a balance of activities in a positive, responsible and cooperative environment.
These activities include the movement areas of body management and educational gymnastics, dance, fitness, adventure/cooperative education and sports/games. It is through these experiences that we address the diverse needs of our students in the physical, social emotional, and cognitive domains. Our curriculum provides sequential, spiraling, enjoyable and successful experiences appropriate for each child’s developmental stage and ability level. Furthermore, our intent is to create opportunities for our students that inspire confidence, honesty, creativity, teamwork and a persistent drive to excel.
Due to the obesity epidemic, which has become a national health crisis, with annual health care costs over $150 billion, Physical Education is gaining momentum again and its value in schools is more important than ever. In fact, former First Lady Obama, in recognizing the need for children to move more and eat better, had started a national campaign called LETS MOVE.
· In 2006, nearly 10 million children and adolescents were considered obese
· Along with rising obesity rates, the rate of prescription drug use by children for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol is increasing.
· Obese adolescents have significantly greater risk of developing and dying from chronic diseases in childhood.
· Of all U.S. deaths from major chronic diseases, 23% are linked to sedentary lifestyles.
· Children’s physical activity level drops dramatically between the ages of 9 and 15.
· Evidence suggests that physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive ability, avoiding tobacco use, insomnia, depression and anxiety.
· Several large scale studies found improvements in students’ academic performance with increased time spent in physical education.
· Regular physical activity is associated with a healthier, longer life and lower risk of CVD, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. Together with other healthy lifestyles choices, such as better nutrition, we can have a positive impact on student’s education and a way to improve life-long and well-being.
· * Facts from the American Heart Association