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See Why P.E. Teachers Have The World’s Most Important Job

See Why P.E. Teachers Have The World’s Most Important Job

Parents & School Administrators Must Watch This Video To Understand The Value of P.E.

SILVER SPRING, MD – January 14, 2019 – The P.E. teachers are the most important educators in our schools.  That’s the conclusion you’ll reach after watching a newly released 28-minute documentary by PHIT America -- Creating Healthier & Smarter Kids:  The Power of P.E.  While the benefits of exercise are well publicized, rarely do we hear about the negative side effects of physical inactivity – until now, thanks to PHIT America.  While watching this documentary -- available at Videos.PHITAmerica.orgviewers will hear comments about the importance of physical activity from a medical doctor, school leaders, classroom teachers, P.E. professionals, parents, and young students.  In this video, you will learn how P.E. and physical activity breaks during the school day actually stimulate a better learning environment for students.  In addition to the 28-minute story, there’s a five-minute version of the video that all P.E. teachers need to share with the parents of their students

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To assist in the distribution of the five-minute video, PHIT America has created an electronic tool kit, which will enable P.E. teachers and other school administrators to efficiently share this video with fellow school personnel and parents.  This electronic took kit also has a communications template that can serve as the key platform for any school to conduct a fundraiser to support the growth and expansion of its P.E. program.

“Our documentary is the most powerful and informative video ever produced which confirms the importance of physical education teachers in our schools,” said PHIT America Founder Jim Baugh.  “Physical education teachers, school superintendents, principals, headmasters, deans of students, and parents and grandparents of school-aged children must watch these videos.”

Dr. John Ratey opens the documentary by divulging a message about the state of physical inactivity in the U.S. 

“We are the most sedentary generation ever on this Earth,” stated Ratey.

It’s bad and getting worse, unless there’s a commitment to change, according to Ratey.  And, PHIT America is committed to lobbying for that change.

The national figures on physical activity indicate that two-thirds of U.S. children are not active to healthy standards and 48% of all high schools in the U.S. have no P.E.  Daily P.E. classes in our schools will help reverse physical inactivity rates in the U.S., as more than 82 million Americans are physically inactive.

Education leaders say the academic benefits of physical activity during the school day are crystal clear.

“It’s just as important as math.  It’s just as important as social studies,” said Dr. Julian Reed, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina), who has conducted studies on the power of P.E.  “The kids that get daily P.E. are outperforming the kids that don’t have P.E.”

“Exercise wakes the brain up and prepares it to be in its best learning situation,” stated Chad Fenwick, Advisor for Physical Education, K-12.

“The best behaviors and the best academic outcomes are when they come back in from physical education,” stated Dave Spurlock, Director of P.E., Charleston (SC) City Schools. “Movement can change the whole dynamic of education.”

Currently, many schools in the U.S. provide the bare minimum of P.E. to their students.  That must change.  PHIT America is committed to bringing back P.E.

There are findings revealed in the video that clearly show that higher fitness levels help generate higher academic scores.

Since 2015, PHIT America and its partner KIDS in the Game have been distributing programming and funds to elementary schools in the form of PHIT America GO! Grants.  To date, more than 600 GO! Grants – totaling $1.4 million -- have been distributed to schools around the U.S., which have impacted more than 300,000 students.  And, more GO! Grants are on the way – with the help of the general public.

With this 28-minute video, PHIT America is educating the general public about the magnitude of physical inactivity among school children and inviting viewers -- especially parents and grandparents -- to be a part of the solution and donate to PHIT America to help fund more GO! Grants to more schools to generate more support for P.E.  Donations to PHIT America can be made by texting PHITKids to 50155 or by visiting PHITKids.org.  Those donations will become PHIT America GO! Grants.

Founded in January 2013, PHIT America is a non-profit campaign focused on overcoming the severe ramifications of the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ through four strategic approaches – education, supporting school-based activity programs, a national event, and advocating – which will get Americans, especially our youth, more active, fit and healthy.   Companies or individuals interested in helping PHIT America fight the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ should contact PHIT America at Alliance@PHITAmerica.org.  For more information about PHIT America, visit www.PHITAmerica.org.