On Thursday, May 19, the Denver Public School Board of Education will vote on new graduation requirements that would no longer include physical education. Physical education is a necessary component of every child’s education. It is as important as English, math, science and social studies for a well-rounded education and should continue to be part of every high school student’s learning experience. Please let the Denver Board of Education know you value physical education and they should too.
To register for public comment contact Romona Lewis at 720.423.3210 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.
The meeting is on the first floor of the DPS Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln St., Denver 80203.
You also can contact board members directly at:
DPS Board Members and Contact
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Here are some additional resources on the importance of physical activity:
- The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2014 compares Colorado and other states on physical activity behaviors and on environmental and policy supports for physical activity.
- The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, assesses levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth, facilitators and barriers for physical activity, and related health outcomes.
- The 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey shows one in five Colorado high school students were overweight or obese, only one in four meet physical activity recommendations of one hour per day and less than half attended physical education classes one or more days a week.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment posted this infographic showing the causes and costs of obesity.
For more information, contact Alicia Haywood at CDPHE.