Regular participation in physical activity promotes improved physical health and mental well-being and is important for lifelong health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that children who have positive experiences with physical activity early in life are more likely to establish lifelong healthy habits of exercise and physical activity. High-quality school-based physical education programs that emphasize physical fitness for health and wellness are the key.

The Historical Context

Historical records indicate that in many ancient cultures, sports and fitness were a way of life. Physical education has its roots in military training programs that were used as a way for young men to develop the skills and strength necessary to be warriors. In addition to military training, historians note that as early as 2500 ...

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