Introduction

In this unit, aimed at teachers of Physical Education, we begin by looking at some of the common misconceptions relating to fitness and activity levels together with accepted definitions of these concepts. We consider how active young people should actually be, and discuss how PE teachers can ensure they are making an effective contribution to this area of public health.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • To be aware of fact and fiction with regard to relationships between young people's health, activity and fitness.
  • To consider how the physical education curriculum can contribute to public health through the design and implementation of practices which promote active, healthy lifestyles.
  • To learn about current strategies for increasing young people's participation in physical activities.