HealthCorps Applauds Bipartisan Support for Physical Education as a Core Subject

Posted 04/10/2015 | By HealthCorps

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HealthCorps Applauds Bipartisan Support for Physical Education as a Core Subject

New YorkApril 10, 2015 – Ensuring that America’s youth are provided with a foundation for a lifetime of wellness moved closer to reality when proposed bipartisan federal legislation recognized physical education as a core subject.

On April 7, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) unveiled the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.” For the first time, the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) recognizes the importance of physical education by elevating it to the designation of a “core subject.”

“This is a tremendous development for the health of our nation”, said Michelle Bouchard, president of HealthCorps, a national nonprofit focused on health and wellness education in high-needs high schools. “Our organization exists because health and physical education are being cut from a student’s school day. PE’s designation as a core subject will send an important message to schools and school districts that Congress believes in the academic and physical achievement of our students. A healthy body develops a healthy mind.”

Since 2010, HealthCorps has been collaboratively advocating with a coalition of over 90 other national, state, and local organizations to elevate physical education and health education to core subjects within ESEA.

HealthCorps® is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa to combat the childhood obesity crisis.

HealthCorps Coordinators lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations. The Coordinators serve as peer-mentors who deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, exercise and mental strength to students nationwide.

For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis, as well as discover, communicate implement and advocate for national and regional solutions.

Today, the program network spans 55 schools in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Ultimately, HealthCorps’ goal is to extend the reach of its program to an ever-wider network of American communities. To that end, in 2012, we introduced HealthCorps University, a train the trainer professional development program that makes available the HealthCorps principles and curriculum to virtually any school, community or organization.

For more information, please visit www.healthcorps.org and follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

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