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New Survey Reveals Health-Related Fitness as Primary Focus of Middle and High School Physical Education Programs
Date:8/11/2009

schools to collect valid, reliable data that can be used to assess and monitor student progress."

In fact, 59% of teachers said that technology enhances communication with school and district administrators about student performance and achievement. Additionally, 60% said technology provides data for assessment and grading.

A variety of technologies are being incorporated into classroom instruction. For instance, 70% of PE programs use pedometers; 51% use fitness assessment tools such as TriFit, a system that allows teachers to analyze individual student health and fitness; 39% use heart rate monitors; and 32% use exergames such as Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Fit.

"As physical educators, it's our responsibility to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthy, physically active lives," Burgeson explained. "To achieve this, we need resources and support to create a motivating environment and offer a variety of sports and activities that meet the needs and interests of all students."

Physical education programs are offering diverse activities such as dance (70%), disc sports (69%) including Frisbee golf, tennis (56%), lacrosse (31%), yoga (28%) and rock wall climbing (22%).

"There is no quick fix to reversing childhood obesity," Padovan said. "We must take a multi-pronged approach that focuses on nutrition, prevention, regular physical activity and a comprehensive physical education program. By giving our schools and communities the tools and resources they need, we'll be better prepared to address this issue and educate our children - helping them to lead longer, healthier lives."

The survey was conducted by Polar, the leading manufacturer of heart rate monitors and fitness assessment technology with a 10-year history of providing high-tech tools to schools across the country and NASPE, the preeminent national authority
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