Quality Physical Education

As the foundational strategy of Active Schools Minnesota, physical education is part of the school curriculum that helps students become physically literate as a means of lifelong health and fitness. 


“Physical Education in schools is the only sure opportunity for all school-aged children to access health-enhancing physical activity and the only school subject area that provides education to ensure that students develop knowledge, skill, and motivation to engage in health-enhancing physical activity for life.” –Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2013-


Benefits to students: 

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the leading authority on physical education, defines a physically literate individual as someone who:

• Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.

• Knows the implications of and the benefits from involvement in various types of physical activities. 

• Participates regularly in physical activity. 

• Is physically fit. 

• Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle


Physical education teachers can support Active Schools Minnesota strategies by:

• Including playground and recreational games as part of the curriculum. 

• Assisting classroom teachers with classroom physical activities.

• Working with out-of-school programs to increase physical activity opportunities


“In an ever-changing digital age, it has become increasingly important to provide an active outlet for our students. Our hope is that our students value physical fitness long after the last school bell rings and make it a lifelong priority. “

–Lisa Cooney, Deer River Middle and High School Principal 


Success Story:

Traci Reiman, KMS, Murdock Elementary, Physical Education Teacher is Walk. Bike. Fun. certified to teach bike education. She implements the training every spring to all 3rd graders at KMS, with the help of Laura Loen, KMS Para. Bike education is taught with the use of Bike MN bikes and a final day of riding on the safe routes in Murdock. 



If you are interested in partnering with us on a Quality Physical Education project, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.


Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth. http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/midcourse/pag-mid-course-report-final.pdf

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