Did you know the average school budget for Physical Education is only $764 per year? And, 48% of all high schools have no PE? PEP, the Physical Education Program, is a proven 11 year federal program which is helping schools keep and rebuild PE programs throughout the USA. PEP is also the best way to get kids moving, active and physically and mentally healthy.
Read below for more information on the PEP Program and physical education.
PEP is an 11 year federal program providing grants from the Department of Education directly to school districts to support and build quality PE programs. Grants are utilized for equipment, support and the training and education of teachers and staff. Many schools are using PEP grants for fitness equipment and technology tools which help make PE fun and personalized for every kid.
Physical Education is the best way to get kids active and moving outside of school. You will see current research which proves PE reduces sedentary lifestyles and get kids active outside of school on our Benefits of PE page.
To improve long term health, we need cultural change and that must start with children. Today, only 48% of our schools have PE. And, with the average school budget for PE at only $764 per year, it is vital we keep PEP grants alive and growing to improve health and fitness levels of our children.
PEP is being threatened by our national budget crisis. PEP is the only spending in the entire Department of Education budget for physical education. We must protect the PEP Program to "get kids moving". In simple terms, PEP will improve the health and wellness of our children and reduce healthcare expenses for our future.
PEP has helped many schools through the years. In a recent study by Focused Fitness of 56,000 kids in schools that have received PEP grants, the results were impressive:
On average, students made gains in every fitness measure during the 3 years (Pre to Post). Students showed improvements in:
Overall, students increased their weekly reported minutes of MVPA by 16% pre to post (MVPA – 30 minutes more per week of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity).
During the past 10 years, thousands of school districts have applied for PEP Grants. Unfortunately, less than 10% of all applicants have received a grant. This shows the demand for this great program and why we must keep PEP funded in the future.
Let your Members of Congress know you want to keep PEP funding and sustained. Advocate now!
While PEP grants are used to support traditional PE programs, many schools are showcasing a "New PE" as a result of PEP grants. Click to see some of the new products and approaches which are used in "New PE" programs, such as the use of technology, video exercise equipment, personalized fitness, fitness measurement tools, etc.
You have learned in the above paragraphs that PE has been deemphasized by many schools or how PE budgets have been cut to very low levels. But there is more than budget issues.
With the focus on academics over the past 10-15 years, physical education has taken a back seat and has been deemphasized or de-funded. School administrators forgot you need a healthy body for a healthy mind.
We can't treat our children this way. Advocate now for PEP. Kids need to be active during the school day to activate their body...and their mind.
You can see the vast benefits of physical education in the Benefits of PE section of our website.
PEP was first passed in 2001 with $5 million in grants for school physical education programs. After 11 years, a total of nearly $800 million has helped schools and communities rebuild quality PE programs. In 2012, $78 million was allocated to PEP. Recent research of schools receiving PEP grants show students made gains in every fitness measure during the 3 years of testing (Pre to Post). You can see an impressive lists of benefits of PEP and PE in the Benefits of PE section of this website.
See how the brain is energized after just 20 minutes of walking. A Healthy Body = Healthy Mind. (Blue is inactivity in the brain)
Brain Pre and Post Exercise
We now have evidence that PE and physical activity improves a child's academic scores. And activity and sports do so much more to build personality characteristic and skills. Check out our Benefits of PE pages or Benefits of Physical Activity pages for more information.
See the comprehensive 2012 report on the current picture of physical education in the American education system published by AAHPERD, The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance.