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Physical Education and Health

What is Physical Education and Health?
Physical Education

In most educational systems, physical education (PE), also called physical training (PT) or gym in less progressive settings, is a course in the curriculum which utilizes learning in the cognitive, affective and psycho motor domains in a play or movement exploration setting. In the United States, it is almost always mandatory for students in elementary schools, and often for students in middle schools and high schools. 

The primary aim of physical education is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, capacities, and values along with the enthusiasm to maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood. Some schools also require physical education as a way to promote weight loss in students. Activities included in the program are designed to promote physical fitness, to develop motor skills, to instill knowledge and understanding of rules, concepts, and strategies, and to teach students to work as part of a team, or as individuals, in a wide variety of competitive activities. 

Health Education

Health education is defined as the process by which individuals and groups of people learn to behave in a manner conducive to the promotion, maintenance or restoration of health. 

Education for health begins with people as they are, with whatever interests they may have in improving their living conditions. Its aim is to develop in them a sense of responsibility for health conditions, as individuals and as members of families and communities. In communicable disease control, health education commonly includes an appraisal of what is known by a population about a disease, an assessment of habits and attitudes of the people as they relate to spread and frequency of the disease, and the presentation of specific means to remedy observed deficiencies. 

CWU Health, Human Performance & Nutrition: Health Programs

CWU Health, Human Performance & Nutrition: Physical Education Major

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Cardiovascular Fitness InstructorCommunity RecreationCorporate Fitness Instructor
Country Club mangerCamp DirectorDietitian
ChiropractorSports AgentAthletic Director
Cruise Recreation DirectorDance-/Aerobics InstructorEmergency Medical Tech
Exercise PhysiologyHealth/Fitness ConsultantSPA/Health Club Manager
Nutrition SpecialistOccupational ExercisePark Manager
Occupational Therapy Asst.Sports MedicineSports Medicine
Sports PsychologistPE/Sport/Research InstructorCommercial Recreation
Personal TrainerPrison Recreation SpecialistRecreation Specialist
Rehabilitation SpecialistSporting Goods SalesSocial Director
Strength-Conditioning CoachSwimming Pool ManagerTeacher; Physical Education
Physical TherapistPhysical Therapist AssistantSports-Fitness Nutritionist
Professional Sports ScoutProfessional Sports Umpire 
Related Major Skills
Interest in CoachingMotor Skills
Motivational SkillsDiscussion Skills (ie, human sexuality)
Oral & Visual Communication SkillsDemonstration Skills (physical activities
Interest in Health IssuesInterest in Teaching
Knowledge of Proper NutritionPlanning Skills
PatienceAthletically inclined
Interest in Physical ActivitiesInterest & Knowledge in the mechanics and general health of human body

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