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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: 4 Tips For Physical Education Teachers

September 20, 2016

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Did you know that one in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese? Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented! It’s important to get kids moving and to teach them how to live a healthy and active life. Physical Education teachers play an important role in every school. They’re there to not only help kids have fun but to educate them on the importance of staying fit. Here are some tips for PE teachers to encourage a healthy life for their students:


  • Provide Positive Reinforcement: Providing positive reinforcement and encouragement helps keep kids engaged. Games played in class should always foster success, with something positive to point out for every student. Creating moments of success is a surefire way to get those kids who don’t really like athletics to participate more and have a higher self-esteem.
  • Encourage Movement: PE class should be about getting exercise. Make an environment that requires students to move as much as possible! Instead of getting the equipment out before class, put it in a place safe for students and ask them retrieve it themselves. There are many creative ways to breed constant movement!
  • Talk About Health: In addition to giving students the opportunity to exercise, you should also teach them about exhibiting good health. If they understand why they’re exercising then they may enjoy it more. The best way to help students live a healthy lifestyle is by reinforcing it at a young age.
  • Have the Right Equipment: Avoid having a lack of student participation due to an absence of equipment. Nickerson Corporation can provide schools with athletic equipment that is not only durable and innovative, but also safe. We provide the latest in high quality, environmentally-friendly products such as sports flooring, digital scoreboards, and other school gym equipment. Keep your students on the path to great health by ensuring you have the proper tools to provide them with a fulfilling physical education program.

Nickerson Corporation has been able to create sports environments that boost young athletes’ ability to train and improve performance.To learn more about the products offered, give us a call at  631-666-0200  or visit us here.