Quality Physical Education

One of the best strategies to increase physical activity amongst youth is by daily physical education. Currently, daily physical education (PE) is offered in only about 4 percent of our nation's elementary schools, 8 percent of middle schools and 2 percent of high schools(1). The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) provide national guidelines of a minimum of 150 minutes per week of PE instruction for elementary students and 225 minutes per week for middle and secondary schools. Additionally, quality PE promotes enjoyable participation in physical activity and helps students develop the knowledge, attitude, motor and behavioral skills, and confidence needed to improve physical fitness and adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle. The activity level of PE classes can be enhanced by adopting new curricula, expanding course offerings, incorporating active time teaching practices, and by changing policies.

Countryside SHIP is currently partnering with the following schools on Quality Physical Education:

  • Lac qui Parle High School
  • Appleton-Milan Elementary
  • Madison-Marietta-Nassau Elementary
  • Stevens Elementary
  • Dawson-Boyd High School

Details on these and other Healthy School Projects can be found on the following link:

Healthy School Partners

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


1 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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