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Physical Education and Health

Competency 3: To adopt a healthy, active lifestyle

By using what they have learned while developing the two other competencies in the program, students can gradually integrate a variety of physical activities into their daily lives. However, students need to acquire essential concepts if they are to improve or maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Physical Education and Health teachers must therefore help students acquire a repertoire of knowledge regarding healthful lifestyle habits, the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and general principles of human anatomy and physiology. It should be noted, though, that merely imparting knowledge about lifestyles and health is not enough to motivate students to actively undertake a healthy and active lifestyle. Together with the school team, parents and the community, teachers must develop activities that will enable students to actually take charge of their own health and well-being.