Some teachers have begun to incorporate stress-reduction techniques such as yoga, deep breathing and tai chi.
Another trend is the incorporation of health and nutrition into the physical education curriculum.
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 required that all school districts with a federally-funded school meal program develop wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity.
This push towards health education is beginning at the intermediate level, including lessons on bullying, self-esteem and stress and anger management.
Incorporating local indigenous knowledge into physical education can lead to many meaningful experiences and a way of learning about other cultures.
Studies have shown that it enhances muscular strength and endurance, as well as cardiovascular endurance.
It also provides psychological benefits such as improving general mental health, concentration, awareness and positive mood.
If you learn to run, throw, catch and move with confidence as a child, it is much more likely that you will do some of these things as an adult.
Physical Education programs vary all over the world.
Today, many states require Physical Education teachers to be certified to teach Health courses.