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Durham, NC, United States, 2010/01/13 - Early findings from a new national physical education study demonstrate the predictive relationships between the adoption of Secretary Arne Duncan’s Four Goals and recommended obesity prevention health behaviors - VirtualPE.net.
Responding to the nation's obesity trends, 12 school districts across the US are implementing a new research-based program to determine the impact of aligning K-12 PE programs to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s four national goals.
The preliminary results of data collected from over 40,000 elementary and secondary students suggest the importance of implementing Secretary Duncan’s recommendations for all subject areas, including K-12 physical education programs.
"It appears that much can be done within existing physical education programs, with the proper support, to bring about positive changes for children and youth," said Artie Kamiya, a nationally-recognized physical education curriculum expert. "When school districts align their physical education programs in the full adoption of Secretary Duncan’s recommendations, good things can to happen.”
An analysis of data collected from over 20,000 surveys of elementary children and 21,000 surveys of secondary school youth indicate that physical educators who implement a more rigorous and consistent curriculum show their physical education classes are deemed more enjoyable and satisfying to students, demonstrate higher levels of physical activity, stronger nutritional behaviors, and have a greater tendency to practice obesity prevention behaviors as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Over the next 2-3 years, the 12 school districts will continue to implement a variety of recommendations including the implementation of a K-12 tracking and monitoring data system, creation of Virtual PE Training Centers at local colleges and universities, required staff development for teachers, and the implementation of a Coordinated School Health Programs approach in helping to turn around low-performing schools.
"Again, the goal is to increase those positive health behavior changes for all students and to determine if parent support, the implementation of a standardized curriculum, and the introduction of the ability to track students on core physical education standards has the type of impact we hope it will have," said Kamiya.
The Virtual PE Administrator (virtualpe.net) was developed and designed to be a school district and state-level solution by providing a pre-loaded set of grade-by-grade physical education “Power Standards” aligned to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and CDC-recommended physical activity and nutrition student behaviors.