Whole Child

Physical Education and Physical Activity/Practical Living

Published: 9/17/2018 7:06 PM

Physical education is a school-based instructional opportunity for students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for lifelong participation in physical activity. Physical education is characterized by a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum (course of study) that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas. Quality physical education programs assist students in achieving the national standards for K-12 physical education. The outcome of a quality physical education program is a physically educated person who has the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Qualified, trained teachers teach physical education.

​Physical activity is bodily movement of any type and may include recreational, fitness and sport activities such as jumping rope, playing soccer, lifting weights, as well as daily activities such as walking to the store, taking the stairs or raking the leaves.

Opportunities to accumulate physical activity during the school day include time spent in physical education class, classroom-based movement, recess, walking or biking to school, and recreational sport and play that occurs before, during, and after school.

Benefits of regular physical activity:

  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles.

  • Helps reduce the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer.

  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being.

  • May help improve students’ academic performance, including:

    • Academic achievement and grades

    • Academic behavior, such as time on task

    • Factors that influence academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the classroom

For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control's website.

Classroom Physical Activity Resources

Go365 SWARM Packet​

Go Noodle

Teach Train Love

Classroom Energizers​

Secondary Classroom Physical Activities


Stephanie Bunge
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Program Standards
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2106
Fax (502) 564-6470

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