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RESTON, VA, May 23, 2017 — Nearly 92% of high school students who have taken a health education class believe it is important to their future health. That is one of the findings of new research conducted by myCollegeOptions® and SHAPE America ‒ Society of Health and Physical Educators. The recent study offers valuable insight into the attitudes of more than 132,000 high school students toward health and physical education (PE).
Research from this study shows that most high school students currently participating in health and physical education classes have a positive perception of PE and its impact on their lives in and out of school.
"Now that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identifies school health and physical education as part of a student's well-rounded education for the first time in federal education law, this is particularly gratifying news," says SHAPE America President Fran Cleland of West Chester University. "Parents, administrators and legislators need to listen to our children and youth. They want to embrace a healthy and physically active life, and it is our job to support them in doing so."
The SHAPE America study is one of a series conducted annually by myCollegeOptions.org in partnership with the nation's top education organizations. To receive a free copy of the full report, contact research@myCollegeOption.org.
My College Options is the nation’s largest college planning program, offering free assistance and valuable resources to students, parents, high schools, counselors and teachers nationwide. The program serves as the primary link between high school students and colleges, universities, and the tools they need to succeed. For more information, please visit mycollegeoptions.org. www.mycollegeoptions.org
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