Attendance in High School PE Still Below Recommended Guidelines  

September 22, 2016, Reston, VA — A new report issued today by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that between 1991 and 2013, U.S. high school students' attendance in physical education classes remained stable, but at a level much lower than the national recommendations of daily physical education. The report, entitled "Secular Changes in Physical Education Attendance among U.S. High School Students," observed that one-half of students do not attend physical education classes. 

"The primary goal of this report was to determine the extent to which school-based physical education attendance has changed over the past two decades so that we are better able to inform national recommendations and strategies," says Committee Chair Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., of the University of South Carolina and Chair of the National Physical Activity Alliance. "Despite popular claims of declining participation in physical education classes, the results suggest there is no significant change in physical education attendance." 

Read our full press release on the report.