Physical Education Within a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
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Quality physical education is the central component to a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP; CDC, 2013). This review begins with a summary of the benefits of physical activity (PA) participation for youth and outlines current PA recommendations and trends. Next, an introduction to the National Framework of Physical Education and PA for schools in the US, that leads into a discussion of what makes a quality physical education program in conjunction with a CSPAP. Some practical strategies for improving PA through modifications to management and instruction, activity design and selection, the infusion of fitness activities follow. Finally, an outline of how a Physical Educator can serve as a Physical Activity Leader and coordinate the implementation of a CSPAP and advocate for policies that support physical education and PA.