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Childhood obesity is not a new topic. It’s talked about on the news, internet, and in print media. Like a lot of issues, people like to think it does not apply to their family, students, or children. The fact is the opposite. It is everyone’s responsibility to teach healthy habits to our youth. Kids learn how to eat and lead a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle from parents and teachers. In giving seminars to PE teachers, we stress the importance of being the fitness and health role model just like math, social studies, and science teachers are the role models for those subjects. The role of PE teachers is changing from a sport coach to a group fitness instructor. Look at the PE standards coming out on a national and state level. They don’t emphasize teach kids how to play football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. Instead the standards emphasize movement and all around fitness. Remember, only .5% of youth who play sports actually make a living at it on a professional level. What about the 99.5% of us who have to get real jobs and figure out how to eat and exercise on our own?
The only way childhood obesity can be reduced and eliminated is by being the role model as parents and teachers for healthy, active lifestyle. It’s ok to enjoy vegging on the couch and having dessert/sweet treats, just not on a daily basis. Nobody wins when the whole family is sluggish, overweight, and inactive. PE teachers, are you active and making overall good choices to show your students? Can you perform the movements properly in teaching your classes? If a math teacher doesn’t know their long division, they do not stay math teachers long. If a PE teacher cannot demonstrate movements and be healthy, there is no penalty. That doesn’t seem right.
Children do not pay for food and put it in the grocery cart. Children also do not get paid to teach physical education and teach healthy habits. It does not take drastic changes, just small ones on a daily basis. Do not buy those cookies this week, instead buy fresh fruit. Set aside 20 minutes to get your own exercise in twice this week. Small changes lead to larger changes in time. Start small and work your way into big, the brain and body will guide you automatically. Your kids will thank you, I promise!