Sports for Life

Physical education classes incorporate alternative activities for students to lead healthier lives.
By Ron Schachter
April 2010

When Saul Lerner became director of physical education, athletics and health for the Bellmore-Merrick (N.Y.) School District 14 years ago, football, soccer, basketball and floor hockey were the staples of most physical education classes on Long Island and around the rest of the country. “The emphasis was on sports you would watch on TV. That was the mindset of physical educators,” Lerner explains.

But mindset has begun to change—spurred by students’ reduced appetite for team-oriented sports, their increased appetite for junk food, and their shifting redefinition of “activity” to mean surfing the Web and running their fingers over the message pads of mobile phones. (read entire story)

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