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The fifth grade class divided up into teams and played an enthusiastic game of indoor hockey. (Johnson Publications photo)

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Jodie Schuller’s fifth grade P.E. class warms up with traditional exercises demonstrated here as Miranda Spady, left, and Yesenia Ruiz partner up to do sit-ups at the beginning of class. (Johnson Publications photo)

Physical education today preparing students for lifetime of benefits

    Physical education (P.E.) classes from the past have evolved from the stereotype of a glorified recess or a set of drills to determine who can run the fastest and jump the highest, according to a spokesman for the health and physical education program at the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK).
    “Today’s physical education classes focus on overall wellness, fitness concepts and healthy habits that can lead to a lifetime of benefits,” said Megan Adkins-Bollwitt, an associate professor at UNK’s Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department.
    Chase County Schools (CCS) has also evolved over the years, changing the focus to the benefits students reap from P.E., said Jodie Schuller, CCS K-5 P.E. teacher.
    “Not everybody is an athlete. It’s not about that,” said Schuller.
    Dennis Krutsinger was the previous elementary P.E. teacher and set up the program for CCS, she added.
    Schuller commented that she walked into a good program and learned a “ton” from Krutsinger.
    “I have to brag on him because he established a great physical education program which I have followed for the most part,” she said.

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