Irish children rank amongst the most unfit in Europe – so should we have more PE in school?

Originally published March 4, 2019 in The Independent IE.

Only 19 percent are getting the recommended one hour of daily vigorous activity. So should we have more exercise on our school curriculum? Third level students Claire Sexton, Juliette Fortune, Roisin Kavanagh & Sarah Murphy make the case for PE.

According to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, physical education (PE) in schools contributes to children’s overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives. Here, Sports Science and Health students from DCU share some insights on the current state of PE. Read More

Bill Would Mandate School Time for Student Physical Activity

Originally published Jan. 31, 2019 by the Associated Press in, US News & World Reports and Education Week. The Education Week link requires a subscription.

By DAVID JAHNG, Capital News Service

Legislation that would require 150 minutes of physical activity, including 90 minutes of physical education, a week for elementary school students in Maryland was heard by the House Ways and Means committee on Thursday.

The Student Health and Fitness Act requires schools to create a physical leadership activity team to fill the remaining 60 minutes with “moderate to vigorous” activity. Read More