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Physical education standards help build foundation for healthy life

Date: Monday, September 19, 2022

"PE standards"The Iowa Department of Education has released new physical education videos that are aligned with the state’s standards.

The videos, created in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, focus on helping students gain healthy habits to last a lifetime.

Lyn Jenkins, the health and physical education consultant for the Iowa Department of Education, said the videos promote healthy habits that can be used inside and outside of the classroom.

“The videos support the implementation of standards-aligned, high-quality physical education to help provide all students with a road to a lifetime of healthy, active lives,” she said.

"road to physical activity"Quality instructional programs are essential to helping students develop physical literacy, gain knowledge, skills and behaviors for healthy, active living, acquire self-efficacy, emotional intelligence, confidence and the desire for sustaining a physically active life. Some essential components of high-quality education include administrative support, standards alignment, and family and student engagement.

Iowa’s recommended physical education standards help clarify expected outcomes and provide school districts with guidance and direction for creating a foundation to implement high-quality physical education programs. The five anchor standards cover a wide range of knowledge, skills and behavior for healthy living while allowing districts to retain local control over physical education policies, environment, time and content devoted to each standard and specific curriculum adoption or creation. Implementing standards-aligned, high-quality physical education helps provide students with a road to a lifetime of physical activity.

Below are the videos: