(July 23, 2013)
The second annual National Physical Education (PE) Institute, hosted by the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW) at UNC Asheville, brings physical education teachers and administrators from around the world to the campus, July 29-August 2.
During this event, hundreds of participants and selected presenters from across the United States and abroad will focus attention on how schools can more effectively use their limited resources to implement new strategies and programs promoting better fitness, health, and obesity prevention for K-12 children and youth.
“A sustained national effort is needed to pull all of the country’s schools off of the sidelines and into action,” said Artie Kamiya, program chair for the National PE Institute. “We will focus attention on the new report by the Institute of Medicine that advocates making physical education a core subject.”
“Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina adults and one in three youth are overweight or obese,” said David Gardner, executive director of NCCHW. “These numbers reflect a public health crisis that has led to increased risk factors and rates for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, and lower life quality for far too many North Carolinians. The National PE Institute is a complement to the center’s focus on achieving a healthy weight for North Carolina’s children, youth and young adults.”
Seeking to move beyond traditional PE classes best suited for students who are already fit and active, the institute will share ideas and best practices on introducing new games, sports and activities that get all students moving and can lead to healthier long-term lifestyles. Last year’s inaugural institute at UNC Asheville attracted more than 300 physical education teachers and administrators.
Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and UNC Asheville Provost Jane Fernandes will welcome the participants at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 29, in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, where the National PE Institute will take place. For more information, visit nationalpeinstitute.com or ncchw.unca.edu.