Graduate Project Title

Bringing Physical Education Home: A Handbook of Fitness Activities for Use Outside of School

Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

2011

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Committee Chair

Don Woodcock

Second Committee Member

S. Nourse

Third Committee Member

S. Schmitz

Abstract

A handbook has been developed to aid in the integration of physical fitness and movement of elementary students beyond the school gymnasium. As more and more evidence points to the need and importance of physical activity being a daily part of children's lives, it is clear that the current requirements of physical education in today's schools are not enough. The handbook consists of six sections regarding the scope of where outside the school these activities can be done: at home indoors, your own back yard, within your neighborhood, surrounding cities, around the state, across the Nation. The targeted population for the handbook is families with elementary-aged children, living in the city of Issaquah, Washington. Current literature and research concerning the need for increased levels of physical activity and movement for today's youth were explored.

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