So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health (A.J. Reb Materi). Young people today spend an incredible amount of time in a sedimentary state. Approximately 38% of teens watch more than 3 hours of television per day (CDC, 2003, online)
Physical education is a unique aspect of education in that it provides the only instruction for students in the development and maintenance of positive attitudes, essential knowledge and physical skills. The contribution of physical education is to provide for the optimal physical development of each individual, providing instruction necessary for life-long fitness, movement, and physical well-being (NASPE, 2005, online).
The hazards of being inactive are clear. Physical inactivity is a serious nationwide problem (Surgeon General, 1996, online). It's clear that physically active children and adults are healthier than those who are not active. As a physical educator, I will emphasize positive experiences for youth in a physically active setting. I will present physical activity as an enjoyable experience in which all can participate. Physical education needs to be a positive, memorable experience for all. This is the least we can do to ensure that our youth have a chance to live a long, quality life.