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Physical Activity and Lifestyle Enhancement

Numerous theoretical frameworks have been used to explain lifetime physical activity involvement. This chapter aims to help physical educators develop physically active students who desire a lifetime of physical activity. The Lifestyle Education for Activity Program utilized six of the eight components of the Coordinated School Health Program model: physical education, school environment, health education, school health services, faculty/staff health promotion, and family/community involvement. Team sports and traditional sports-based physical education curricula do little to promote lifelong participation. High school students themselves want a wider variety of sport and fitness activities than those offered in most physical education programs. Physical education instruction changed in the following ways: more choices, gender sensitive, sometimes gender segregated, emphasis on small group interactions, and a de-emphasis on competition and the use of elimination games. Self-management skills were taught during health and physical education classes.