Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Physical Education in School

The South Carolina State Senate has passed both a bill and a proviso (a one-year ruling) that would allow marching band to substitute for a student’s high school health and physical education (PE) class. Here are a few things that we should let our legislators know regarding this bill:

  1. PE is more than physical activity. A certified physical educator is needed to develop physically literate individuals, who attain health-enhancing levels of fitness and have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity.
  2. PE helps prepare students to implement a long-term personal fitness plan to improve or maintain health. The physically literate individual demonstrates awareness that physical activity provides the opportunity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.
    a. Teamwork is important to teach our children.
  3. Most high school health education instruction is provided in physical education class. The required comprehensive health education instruction includes sex education, instruction regarding opioid abuse, Erin’s Law and CPR.
    a. Erin’s Law: Beginning with the 2015–2016 school year, districts annually shall provide age-appropriate instruction in sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention to all students in four-year-old kindergarten, where offered, through twelfth grade.
  4. This bill has the potential to create health crises for these students later in life if they are not taught proper nutrition and physical activity now.

Please contact your member of the South Carolina House of Representatives to let them know your position.