For too many students, physical education (PE) in schools doesn’t exist. If we want to set our kids up for a healthy future, PE programs should not be viewed as optional, but necessary. Together, with members of our community, local policy makers, and school administrators, we can create a school environment that exercises the minds of our kids and protects physical education. That is where this toolkit comes in. We invite you to use the information and resources here to support healthy changes in your community—ensuring kids have the chance to maintain a healthy weight in childhood and beyond.

Physical education addresses the needs of the whole child. Effective physical education provides the activity kids need for a positive impact on their physical, mental, and emotional health. PE programs improve judgement, reduce stress, and increase self-esteem. Making sure all students are getting physical education is a critical part of keeping kids healthy.

Voices for Healthy Kids is dedicated to ensuring that physical education is provided to all of our kids. It’s not only good for their health, it’s good for their minds. And that is good for all of us.

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#ICYMI: Improved Physical Education in New York City!

News from New York! Students in New York City will now receive excellent physical education instruction and opportunities for physical activity! It’s all thanks to Local Law 102, which went into effect on June 28.

July 11, 2019

Colorado Dedicates $1.1M to Improved Physical Education!

On May 10, 2019, Colorado passed a $1.1M physical education (PE) grant program to help improve students’ physical activity.

June 5, 2019

Breaking News: New Physical Education Requirements in Tennessee!

Governor Bill Haslam has signed the Physical Education Act into law, which requires elementary schools across the state to provide at least 60 minutes of physical education for students each week! Additionally, the physical education curriculum must be taught by a certified physical education teacher.

May 11, 2018