Physical Education and Health are essential components of the curriculum in the schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Recognizing the value of teaching students to stay physically active and to develop skills needed for present and future leisure, the Department for Catholic Schools has adopted the curriculum guidelines entitled Fit for Life.
The Fit for Life Curriculum is a quality program which allows students to use their ability to achieve success. This program assists students in identifying their strengths and weaknesses and encourages students to build on their strengths to achieve personal goals. Students learn to follow rules and to respect the rights of others through games and physical activity. Learning to channel energies constructively will help students to perform successfully in life.
Properly conducted physical education and health education classes provide psychological benefits which contributes to a sense of self-respect. This leads to a positive self-image which is important in the curriculum of a Catholic school. Health educators and physical education teachers can coordinate their work so students receive more integrated information and performance skills.
The goal of Health Education is to present information at each level of development that will help the student make wise, moral decisions out of respect for the God given Gift of life. The health curriculum places holistic emphasis on wellness, fitness, behaviors, and skills for healthy, active living. Education and health for children are inextricably intertwined. Students then have the benefit of sustained learning for reducing health-risk behaviors and enhancing health--promoting behaviors.
Therefore, health educators and physical education teachers must work collaboratively toward establishing healthy, active living as a vital part of the school curriculum.