Physical activity is bodily movement of any type, while physical education programs (PE) use physical activity to teach children how to establish and sustain an active lifestyle. Both are important for obesity prevention and a student’s healthy development.
- Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (CDC)
- Adults caring for children ages 3 through 5 should encourage active play (light, moderate, or vigorous intensity) and aim for at least 3 hours per day.
- Each day, youth ages 6 through 17 need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity .
- Physical Education Guidelines: SHAPE America recommends that schools provide 150 minutes of instructional physical education for elementary school children and 225 minutes for middle and high school students per week for the entire school year.