2010．第25卷第2期（Vol. 25 No. 2）．pp. 241262
School-Based Physical Education Programs and Obesity in the United States: Trends, Rationalizations, and Perspectives of Change
Furong XU（許芙蓉）, Jepkorir Rose CHEPYATOR-THOMSON, & Brian CULP
Current incidence of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States necessitates the development of physical activity based programs. It is postulated that one such arena for these programs is found in properly structured school physical education. Such programs hold the potential to promote active lifestyle that leads to positive health changes among children, youth and future adult populations. Accordingly, the purposes of this paper were to, firstly, identify current rationalizations and tangible research evidence that supports a quest for development of exemplary school-based physical education, secondly, describe challenges that school-based physical education currently faces, and thirdly, suggest recommendations for promotion of quality physical education. In our opinion these steps are necessary to guide our efforts for an effective school-based physical education that can help us to manage overweight and obesity problem in children.
Keywords: childhood obesity; school physical education; physical activity promotion