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“Fitting” into the Curriculum: The Legitimacy of the Health Agenda in Physical Education

Lead Researcher and Department
Antony Card, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University and LeAnne Petherick, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University

As a response to the growing statistics surrounding childhood obesity (CFLRI, 2007) physical education (PE) curriculum is garnering new attention. Research looking at Newfoundland (Grades 3-6) has found that students take fewer steps than their Canadian counterparts (Card & Rohr, 2007). This finding, combined with the results from the Newfoundland and Labrador Physical Education Survey (Card, 2007), indicate that the active living context of Newfoundland youth requires further research.

In collecting information about youth activity levels, the development and delivery of revised physical education curricula, and change in school culture are important starting points to think about education outcomes and population health. The recent revision of Newfoundland and Labrador’s K-12 physical education curricula (2005-2007), the government’s investment of an additional three million dollars in funding for PE equipment (2006-08), and support for healthy school initiatives such as "Active Schools" (2006-08) and "Healthy Students, Healthy Schools" (2006), position physical education as a curricula area with implications beyond the classroom.


Children, Obesity, Physical education, Physical fitness, Quality of life, CU Expo 2013

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
St. John's
Avalon Peninsula

Industry Sectors
Elementary and secondary schools (Educational services)
Health research and development laboratories (Professional, scientific and technical services — Scientific research and development services — Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences)

Thematic Categories
K-12 (Education)
Educational Research (Education)
Physical Education (Education)

School of Human Kinetics & Recreation (STJ)