With the increasing incidence of childhood obesity, it makes complete sense that educators would place a big focus on their studentsâ€™ physical fitness.
Fitness testing performed on Texas schools showed that physically being in shape has a beneficial effect on academics, discipline, and attendance. Therefore, more emphasis is being placed on physical fitness than ever before.
The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD) put together the 26th Annual Summer Conference, which is taking place nowâ€”July 12 and 13. This conference encourages educators to help their students stay fit.
Publicity chair for the conference Tyra Owens stated, â€œThis is a learning conference for educators and instructors in the realm of childrenâ€™s health. There will be speakers, vendors, and showcases highlighting students and teachers taking big steps toward staying healthy.â€
And whatâ€™s the theme for this yearâ€™s conference? Get Active! TAHPERD President Mario Reyna stated, â€œChildren will lead healthier adult lives if they reach quality physical education, health instruction and opportunities to be physically active during their school years.â€
The conference occurs twice annually and features a wide variety of presentations that are all focused on children committed to staying physically healthy. Two teachers of the year (the National Physical Educator of the Year and the Southern District Middle School Teacher of the Year) will be putting on workshops as well.
Conference director Lisa Fall said, â€œWeâ€™re expecting over 900 educators in the area of P.E., health, recreation, and dance from all over the state. Although the attendees will range from pre-K up to the college level, the focus this year is on elementary education.â€
With all of the various programs and organizations that have been focusing on preventing childhood obesity and getting the countryâ€™s youth physically fit, we should start seeing results soonâ€¦donâ€™t you think?