Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Physical Activity and Education
Our country has ran into a huge metaphorical wall called obesity. Everywhere you look there are fast food establishments with dirt cheap prices that take full advantage of our societies fast paced lifestyles. It is hard to drive down a main road without running into some sort of fast food place that has flashy signs and looks so attractive after a long day at the office. The problem we have to face as a society is our inactivity that goes a long with our energy exerting days. Instead of exerting so much energy doing things like working or playing video games people should go for a run or even a walk to burn some of that energy we have left over. When people get home from a long day the last thing they want to do is prepare a nutritious meal or go to a gym or a walk for with the dog. Even our animals are more inactive than in the past. We are so lazy that we don't even exercise our pets. Some things need to change in our society, it has been proven in many scholarly studies that physical activity increases brain activity and academic standings of students. In these articles, http://www.slideshare.net/Moosekj25?type=mypage, this topic is researched and developed into great detail and brings up many valid points and suggestions to a resolution. Physical education teachers play a key role in the end of this obesity epidemic. Physical Educators single handed develop and mold the minds and bodies of the youth in our country. The video game and Internet generation has developed habits of laziness and passiveness in the aspect of physical activity. Educators need to make PE fun and interesting to kids that would rather be home playing other kids in video games of all kinds. Rather than going out in the yard and playing pick up football kids would rather play Madden for hours on end and eat junk food until their stomachs are about to rupture. This task is not easy for Physical educators, which is why the teaching environment and style needs to be attractive and tempting to students. This year I have learned how to incorporate technology into lessons which will greatly help in coaxing the technology generation to become physically active.