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The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have issued a reminder that "Physically active, healthy kids learn better!" School-age youth need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. To achieve that level of activity, NASPE and AHA recommend that schools across the country make physical education instruction the cornerstone of a comprehensive school physical activity program that also includes health education, elementary school recess, after-school physical activity clubs and intramurals, walk/bike to school programs, and staff wellness programs.

To assess a physical education program, visit for an observation assessment tool. The Shape of the Nation Report is available at and provides current information about the status of physical education in each state and the District of Columbia in the following areas: time requirements, exemptions / waivers and substitutions, class size, standards, curriculum and instruction, student assessment, teacher certification, National Board Certification, state physical education coordinator, and body mass index collection.
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Publication:Childhood Education
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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