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Mr. Santos

Physical education is an important component of the educational school day. Current brain research supports the importance of physical activity during school to promote learning. Research also shows that children and adolescents who are physically active grow into healthier adults. The outcome of a physical education program that is developmentally and instructionally appropriate is a student with the knowledge to lead a healthy and active lifestyle for their lifetime.

In elementary school, Florida state statute currently requires 150 minutes per week of physical education. Elementary physical education focuses on movement competency, cognitive abilities, lifetime fitness, and responsible behaviors and values. Orange County Public School district policy prohibits interscholastic athletic contests at the elementary school level.

Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student with Psycho motor, Cognitive and Affective benefits at all grade levels. Physical activity is like "Miracle-Grow for the brain" states John Ratey. Physical education doesn't make students learn, but it gives them an advantage to learn. Students also learn how to live an active and healthy lifestyle, recognize and model responsible behaviors, and develop or enhance life values.