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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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

American Heart Association

June 14, 2016

Setting the course right for physical education in schools

Nearly everyone understands the important link between physical education in our schools and good health. The two go hand-in-hand. They always have. That’s why it’s troubling to see the ongoing trend over the past few decades in which physical education has largely been removed from many of the nation’s schools.

Voices for Healthy Kids

April 26, 2016