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Physical Education/Activity: Definitions

Definition of Physical Activity

Physical activity in an educational setting is defined as a behavior consisting of bodily movement that requires energy expenditure above the normal physiological (muscular, cardiorespiratory) requirements of a typical school day.

Implementation Considerations

  • Physical activity in an educational setting includes regular instruction in physical education, co-curricular activities and recess.
  • Physical education classes should be offered with moderate to vigorous physical activity being an integral part of the class.
  • Co-curricular activities include physical activity integrated into areas of the school program—classroom, gymnasium and/or outdoor activity spaces.

Physical Education Definition

Physical education provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, to maintain physical fitness, and to value as well as enjoy physical activity as an ongoing part of a healthy lifestyle. Physical education includes curriculum, instruction and assessment that is sequential from kindergarten through high school and meets the standards outlined in the Tennessee Curriculum Standards.