Implementing Quality Physical Education programs on a regular basis by qualified teachers ensures that students become physically literate. These students have the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to lead active, healthy lives now and in the future. (more on physical literacy)

A quality physical education program in Canada consists of balanced, planned, and meaningful content that is sequentially taught to all students throughout the entire school year by competent and enthusiastic educators as a valued and integrated part of the entire education process (PHE Canada, n.d.).

What happens when a Quality Physical Education program is delivered?

Enhanced Skill and Fitness Development

  • Students who receive a Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) program taught by a specialist perform better on motor skill and fitness tests (Marshall & Bouffard, 1997; McKenzie et al., 1998;) and had better physiological outcomes( McKenzie et al., 1995; Sallis et al., 1997; Trudeau et al., 1998).

Increased Motivation Towards Activity

  • Students score higher on enjoyment, attitudes and knowledge towards healthy lifestyles when they receive a QDPE program (Bungum et al., 2000; Janzen et al., 2003).

Enhanced Academic Performance

  • Students who receive regularly scheduled physical education classes maintain, and often enhance, academic performance (Chomitz et al., 2009; Sallis et al., 1997; Shephard, 1997; Trudeau & Shephard, 2008).

Enhanced Leisure Time Activity
Children are more likely to be active during their leisure time on days they take part in physical education classes (Dale et al., 2000).

Enhanced Vigorous Activity During Class

  • Students taught by physical education specialists spend more class time engaged in moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity (McKenzie et al., 1995; United Stated Department of Health and Human Services, 1996).

Positive Impact on Obesity

  • Daily physical education decreases the prevalence of children at risk for overweight and has long-term benefits on overweight/obese children’s physical activity levels (Datar, 2004; Perez, 2003).

Positive Long Term Health Impact

  • Female students receiving a QDPE program are more likely to report being more active and healthier twenty years later than female students who received a minimal physical education program (Shephard & Trudeau, 2000).