Almost 65 percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese—and children are on pace to be significantly fatter in their own adulthood than today’s adults. Making matters worse, the number of physical education classes in schools is plummeting as well.
So how can schools with diminishing PE budgets be successful? By following the blueprint provided in PE4life: Developing and Promoting Quality Physical Education.
This book and DVD package is part inspiration, part toolkit, and part textbook. Those parts combine to make it the ideal resource for anyone involved in developing and promoting quality physical education programs.
PE4life includes the following elements:
• A DVD featuring Phil Lawler, a veteran physical education teacher and coach and the director of the PE4life Academy in Naperville, Illinois
• PE4life’s seven-step action plan for improving a physical education program
• A wealth of examples of assessments, lesson plans, curricula, and more to use as advocacy tools
• Plenty of ready-to-use worksheets, handouts, reproducibles, key links, and slide presentations
Through the seven-step action plan, you will learn to develop a physical education improvement plan. This plan is supported by many examples of successful programs and time-tested ideas on how to implement your plan. On the DVD, Lawler, whose renowned middle school program became the first PE4life Academy site and has become synonymous with the New Physical Education movement, outlines strategies he’s used to build his program. The DVD also features a video promoting quality physical education. As such, this DVD is an ideal in-service training resource.
This comprehensive resource serves as the official training manual for the PE4life Academies and is used by universities across the country to prepare their physical education majors to be strong advocates of quality physical education. It also acts as the perfect resource for curriculum committees, district directors, and teachers looking to improve their programs.
PE4life comes at a time when it is most needed. In response to the obesity epidemic and other health problems related to inactivity that we now face, PE4life provides the expertise you need to meet these problems head on by providing top-quality physical education.
PE4life Academy Directors
Application to Become a PE4life Academy
How to Use the DVD
Part I. Building a PE4life Action Plan Chapter 1. Build Your Community-Based PE Team Chapter 2. Develop an Advocacy Strategy Chapter 3. Pinpoint Funding Opportunities Chapter 4. Get Equipped Chapter 5. Design Your PE4life Program Chapter 6. Develop a Plan to Assess Success Chapter 7. Learn to Troubleshoot and Overcome Roadblocks
Part II. Implementing the PE4life Program Chapter 8. Turn Your Plan Into a Curriculum Chapter 9. Implement Your Curriculum Chapter 10. Assess Your Students
Appendix B. PE4life Resources
Appendix C. Sample Lesson Plans and Activities
Appendix D. Links to Physical Education Web Sites
Appendix E. References and Resources
Reference for K-12 physical education teachers and directors. Text for PE majors. Training manual for PE4life Academies.
PE4life is a national nonprofit advocacy organization committed to inspiring active, healthy lifestyles in children and youth through health-related school physical education programs. PE4life programs meet the needs of all students; use the latest technology, which enables individual assessments and monitoring of progress toward personalized goals; and positively emphasize the importance of physical activity and fitness in ways that students can benefit from their entire lives.
PE4life has achieved success through a realistic and flexible model that can fit into community school systems and local recreation programs. Driven by education, advocacy, and community partnerships, the PE4life model is an evidence-based working solution to the physical inactivity and childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.