In recent years, China has witnessed an alarming number of children suffering from myopia, obesity and scoliosis. Lacking physical education in schools results in less exercise for children, which has made the goal of achieving the overall development of students’ physical healthmeaningless.
The increasing number of behavioral problems and mental disorders among children and adolescents has become a public health issue with great public concern in China.
It was against this background that, the first National Advisory Committee on Health Education and Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools and Colleges was inaugurated in ECNU on December 12.
Members of the committee include principals from over 100 primary and middle schools across the country as well as members of the National Physical Education League. They were invited here to share their insights on the promotion of physical health among children and teenagers in China.
At the meeting, the Action Plan for Promotion of Physical Health of Children and Adolescents in China (2020-2030) was officially unveiled, which provides a systematic and practical guideline for schools, families, communities and relevant departments to improve the physical fitness of each student.
Prof.Ji Liu, dean of College of Physical Education and Health of ECNU introduced the plan
The plan was developed by a research team headed by the College of Physical Education and Health of ECNU. For years the team has been committed to research in improving the fitness of children and adolescents in China and has achieved many significant research results.
Having worked in the frontline of primary and elementary education for nearly a decade, the team has established nearly 30 experimental bases for physical education research and more than 400 experimental schools in different provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, including Shanghai, Chongqing, Shandong, Henan, Anhui, Hunan, Guangdong, Liaoning, Heilongjiang and Xinjiang Construction Corps. The experience thus accumulated has contributed to the formulation of the action plan.
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