Why PE?

The California Department of Education mandates that elementary students receive 200 minutes of scheduled PE every 10 days. Several reports, including the National Physical Activity Plan, The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, and Physical Education Research for Kids (PERK), have carefully documented the numerous benefits that daily PE confers on students. From a health perspective, regular, quality PE is attributed to higher rates of physical activity, lower obesity rates, and increased cardiovascular fitness. Reports have also linked physical fitness to improved academic performance and mental health.

PE Research and Articles

All files are available for download in PDF format.

PE Advocates’ 2012 PE Assessment

The PE Advocates commissioned UCSF to conduct this PE assessment in SFUSD to understand the state of PE in San Francisco Unified School District.

Exercise and the Brain

Exercise and Mental Health

Excercise and Weight

Fitness and Academics

PE and Academics

PE and Behavior

PE and Physical Activity

Weight and Cognition