Physical Education and Physical Activity

Physical education (PE) is a required academic subject that teaches participation in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity. In PE, students learn to work as a team, develop healthy personal fitness habits, and set fitness goals now and throughout their lives. Like other academic subjects, PE is based on a curriculum, with learning standards. Students learn a wide range of skills in PE, not just sports.

Children and teens should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. Physical education and physical activity are important because they help young people stay healthy and alert, and can improve academic achievement. Exercise and daily physical activity can help students manage their stress and focus better on their lessons. 

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Like other academic subject areas, if your child cannot be in the school building, the school should provide PE instruction via remote learning. While your child is at home, you can support their learning and encourage them to participate in physical activity every day with the following free resources.

All Grade Levels

BOKS At Home Resources: Free physical activity curriculum and support for parents to make physical activity and play a part of every child’s day.

CATCH Health at Home (free access through Google Classroom) 

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home: Movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos and curricular activities

MTI World Beats: Produced by the NYCDOE and Hip Hop Public Health, this collection of Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Bollywood, Lo-Fi, and Latin music will get your student dancing and moving. Free download!

Hip Hop Public Health: H.Y.P.E. at Home: No gym, no problem! You don’t need any fancy equipment to dance. Listen to these dance breaks to encourage physical activity at home.

Online Physical Education Network (OPEN): Games, calendars, activity logs, and other resources for parents and teachers to encourage movement at home.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Fitness Breaks: Short videos with soccer, basketball, and other exercises.

Middle School

Resources coming soon.

High School

Resources coming soon.

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