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Should Fitness be a Course in High Schools?

I really don't know anyone that loved taking PE in high school, but what if the classes taught useful fitness skills rather than how to score bowling (isn't it all done electronically now anyway?) or being quizzed on the Super Bowl scores. Well, Wyoming High School (in Ohio) will be offering Lifetime Fitness to incoming freshmen and the class will teach students what a target heart rate is and how to find it. It will also get their hearts racing with cardiovascular activities, yoga and strengthening exercises. Strength and Conditioning will be offered to older students as an elective course, so they, too can experience a fitness-oriented class before getting out of high school.

What do you think about having fitness electives instead of just the required Physical Education (if the school even requires it anymore) or should schools just focus on teaching the basics for college, like English and Science?


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