The Value of Physical Education: Evidence Based
Physical Education classes in the United States fall below the national guidelines for providing adequate rigorous exercise for children at a rate of about 92%. Most classes only give rigorous activity during 10% of allotted class time versus the recommended 50%. Furthermore, children who are ethnic minorities and/or are living in poverty have an increased risk of falling into a low-level physical activity lifestyle.
The children who attend Ginga Arts’ programs not only predominantly fall into these high-risk groups they also live in neighborhoods where outdoor physical activity carries the extra onus of risking their safety. Some of the main reasons for inactivity among these populations is lack of recreation facilities, insufficient funds to begin recreation programs, and low-quality PE classes. Physical activity during school and after school promotes healthy social and physical development. Also, childhood physical activity is strongly correlated with an adult active lifestyle. It is important then to give children a good active foundation.
Ginga Arts tries to narrow the gap between physical education classes and the needs of children. We provide students with in- and after- school physical activity programs. Starting with in-school programs, Ginga Arts builds a desire to do more and engage in more physical activity which then leads many students in our program to attend our after-school programs as well. This is important as regular out of school physical activity has positive effects on child stress levels and builds students interest in participation of more activities at home.