Physical Education

The benefits of physical education to children's health

October 01, 2018 - 4:15 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Many school districts have reduced physical education classes to devote more time to academics. But now many in education are taking another look because studies have shown that physically-fit children were more than twice as likely to pass math and reading tests. 

In addition, there is an association between aerobic fitness and better academic performance. But the issue is much deeper than academic success. 

For young adults, obesity has become a major health issue with as many as one-third of teens either obese or on the path to obesity. 

When you consider the fact that there are many children who have to grapple with safety issues where they live and find it hard to exercise, the role of exercise and traditional gym class becomes more of a concern and an opportunity to help in many ways.