Goal: To provide each student with the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation to engage in a healthy active lifestyle and to create a supportive environment that is conducive to enjoyable life long physical activity opportunities for students, families, staff and community.

A planned, sequential K-12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics. Quality physical education should promote, through a variety of planned physical activities, each student’s optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development, and should promote activities and sports that all students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives. Qualified, trained teachers teach physical activity.

(You can join the DPI Physical Education / Athletics listserve by contacting Kymm Ballard at [email protected])


New! Energizers
Classroom Based Physical Activities!
The way teachers integrate physical activity with academic concepts.
Check out these short, about 10-minute, activities that classroom teachers can use to provide activity to children.

State Board of Education Policy: Healthy Active Children

Jean Blaydes Madigan – Brain Based research for physical education

Station PE – Action based learning for physical education teachers
addressing the national and state standards through cultural diversity,
character education, literacy development and more.

Everyone, including people with disabilities, can enjoy the numerous physical, psychological, and social benefits of increased physical activity.According to the 1996 surgeon general’s report, people with disabilities are less likely to engage in regular moderate physical activity than people without disabilities, yet they have a similar, and sometimes greater, need for health promotion and disease prevention opportunities. The NCODH has implemented 2 projects that are designed to enhance the number of opportunities that persons with disabilities have to engage in physical activity.

BAM! is brought to you by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). BAM! was created to answer kids’ questions on health issues and recommend ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, stronger, and safer. BAM! also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive activities to support their health and science curriculums that are educational
and fun.

Be Active Kids:
Be Active Kids is an early childhood (ages 4-5) physical activity and nutrition curriculum and kit for child care centers. The program focuses on establishing an early, positive relationship with one’s body through participation in fun physical activities and education about healthy eating concepts. The overall goal of the kit is to promote positive attitudes towards physical activity and healthy eating.

Eat Smart, Move More NC
Eat Smart, Move More NC is a statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change. Increasing public awareness of the need for such changes to support increased physical activity and healthy eating opportunities is an integral aspect of the initiative. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to promote healthy behaviors that reduce risks and prevent disease related to inactivity and unhealthy eating behaviors.

VERB. It’s what you do.
In December 2001, Congress charged the Department of Health and Human
Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with creating a
healthy movement among youth through a paid media campaign. Starting in
June 2002—with your help—we will do just that. The campaign itself, which
was fully launch October 2002, encourages positive activity—both physical
and prosocial activity—among youth ages 9-13. VERB. It’s what you do