The advancements in modern technology have led to considerable issues with the physical health of people. Children are particularly at risk of facing the negative effects of the lack of mobility. School initiatives can help young students to stay fit.
The Los Angeles case study provided significant insight into the state of the health of students in certain parts of the city. It was troubling to learn that 75% of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District failed to pass all of the Fitnessgram exam tests (Samuels et al. 1). Moreover, it was shocking to discover that the district had an obesity rate among students of more than 26% (Samuels et al. 1). At the same time, the problems faced by the Los Angles schools were similar to those encountered by their colleagues in Hawaii. Specifically, according to the article, Hawaii is the leading state in terms of chronic diseases, while some children in kindergartens already have diabetes (McCracken). Nevertheless, the Healthy Schools Hawaii program is successfully solving the problem. For instance, the initiatives such as 30-minutes of daily physical activity and afternoon recess implemented as part of the program are quite inspiring (“Healthy Schools” 4). I believe I would be able to implement a similar type of daily physical activity during breaks in my class.
Schools need to introduce physical activities for children to help them stay fit. Healthy Schools in Hawaii and Physical Education Campaign in Los Angeles show that physical education can help students to improve their health.
“Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Physical Education in Hawaii Schools.” Hawaii State Department of Health, 2012, Web.
McCracken, David. “DOE Wants Hawaii’s Kids to Be Healthier, More Active During School Hours.” The Garden Island, 2017, Web.
Samuels, Sarah et al. “The Los Angeles Unified School District Case Study.” Samuels & Associates, 2011.