Reasons to Love Physical Education at FLVS
“In 2012 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity are the result of ‘caloric imbalance’ – too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed – and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.” – Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Are you shocked to hear that information? Our kids are eating too much and not moving enough and it is causing our country to become very obese. I believe that technology has been a major factor in the decline of young people getting up and moving. Technology, however, can also be used to counter this trend. In the P.E. course offered by FLVS, the students get educated on how to live a healthy lifestyle using their electronic device and then are expected to go out, get moving, and develop healthy habits.
- Students log their fitness assessment results, physical activity, and nutrition intake on their wellness dashboard. Students develop a habit of being aware of how much they have eaten and how much activity they have had each day. This skill alone has a significant impact on the student’s lifestyle and health choices. Several parents have told me how their student has learned so much and has even encouraged his/her parents to make healthier decisions when it comes to eating and being active.
Several parents have told me how their student has learned so much and has even encouraged his/her parents to make healthier decisions when it comes to eating and being active.
- Technology allows for amazing tools to be incorporated into the course, such as MOVbands. Our students wear MOVbands, a fitness monitor that records the student’s daily movement so we, the virtual teacher, can see how much activity he/she is doing. I also wear a MOVband and share my daily movement with the students.
It is incredible how a little watch can motivate you to get up from the computer and get moving.
- Goal setting is another activity the students are expected to complete. We check in with those goals throughout the course and create new goals when needed. One student, Derrick, set a goal to lose 50 lbs. Although he has only lost 10, he now understands that 50 is a yearly goal and that he will have to continue to set mini-goals along the way to help him reach his long-term goal.
Derrick, FLVS HOPE student, set a goal to lose 50 lbs. Although he has only lost 10, he now understands that 50 is a yearly goal and that he will have to continue to set mini-goals.
- Health and wellness isn’t only about activity and nutrition. FLVS P.E. also covers Mental Health. Students learn stress management, signs of depression, online safety, and how to make healthy decisions. Let’s be honest, the world they live in is not the same from “when we were in school.” With 11 years of experience I still consider myself a young teacher, but I never had to deal with social media like our students do. It’s time we address that in our health courses.
According to the World Health Organization, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability among Americans age 15 to 44.
- Students learn to become life-savers with earning their certification or demonstrating proper CPR. Along with learning the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease, students also learn prevention techniques. I had a student, Zach, use these skills to save a man’s life one day before school. Zach went to pick up his girlfriend when a construction worker at a neighboring house went into cardiac arrest. In a panic the other workers ran to get help. Zach jumped into action telling the men to help him get the man out of the car and on the ground where he began CPR. Zach’s girlfriend’s father called 911 and soon the paramedics arrived and took over for Zach. Zach’s father called to thank me for his son knowing what to do in that situation. Zach was able to remain calm and perform the skills he had learned from FLVS P.E.
FLVS HOPE student, Zach, stays calm and takes charge when a construction worker goes into cardiac arrest. Zach performs CPR, has someone call 911, and saves the man’s life.
FLVS P.E. has such a significant impact on our students. Not only are students earning a high school credit, they are also learning skills that will forever impact their lives. It is our goal for our students to leave us with skills on how to get active, eat healthy, and make life-long health decisions.
Post by: Erin Goudge, FLVS Health & P.E. Instructor