PE lessons 'should be encouraged to teach healthy lifestyle'

1 December 2011

Sport and healthcare experts for primary education have suggested that children should be made to do "physical literacy" tests to lower their risk of obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle as adults.

Speaking at a recent teachers' conference in London, sports medicine specialists mentioned that physical education (PE) should be equal to maths and English in order to equip youngsters to be the next active generation.

Writing for the Scrubbing Up column, sports medicine specialist Dr Andy Franklyn-Miller commented that the importance of PE and a healthy lifestyle should be enforced through physical literacy tests.

He said: "Let it be competitive and let us test our children against each other and identify those who need support from the network of physicians trained in sport and exercise medicine."

Although the suggestions of testing came with some disagreements from members of the National Union of Teachers, the idea comes at the same time as the Youth Sport Trust's vow to train thousands of primary school teachers in specialist PE skills.

Online platform for information on sport and education Create Development commented that PE lessons are essential to educate primary school students about health and wellbeing.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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