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Physical Education

Welcome to the Physical Education/Physical Activity and Wellness component of Coordinated School Health.

In this section you will find: Physical Education/Physical Activity FAQ’s; Physical Activity Law, Physical Activity Policy; Physical Education, Wellness, and Health Curriculum Standards; Minimum Health, Physical Education, and Wellness Requirements; Definition of Physical Education; Definition of Physical Activity; Physical Activity Ideas for Schools Flyer; Resources and Information List; Recess for Elementary School Students; Healthy Diets and Physically Fit Youth Fact Sheet and a list of  Resources and Information.

Physical education is a planned, sequential pre-k -12 curriculum program that follows national standards in providing developmentally appropriate, cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of physical activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythm and dance; cooperative games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics. Quality physical education promotes, through a variety of planned individual and cooperative physical activities and fitness assessments, each student's optimum physical, mental, emotional and social development; and provides fitness activities and sports that all students, including students with special needs, can enjoy and pursue throughout their lives. Qualified professionals such as physical education teachers and physical activity specialists provide physical education and related fitness activities.

Lifetime Wellness is a holistic approach to health and physical education in Tennessee high schools. The course addresses Nutrition, Substance Use and Abuse, Mental Health, Family Life and Sexuality, First Aid and Safety, and Personal Fitness and Related Skills. Each content area is addressed in a classroom setting while allowing opportunity to explore how one content area affects and is affected by other content areas. Students participate in cooperative learning instructional methods and physical activities that can be practiced throughout a person’s lifespan. Instruction emphasizes prevention as well as intervention with regard to the health practices of students.