The Physical Activity Movement and the Definition of Physical Education

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In recent years the "physical activity movement" has captured the attention of many physical education and health professionals (Young, 2014). In K-12 schools this movement emphasizes the importance of physical activity for all children and youth, and it recommends multiple opportunities for physical activity before, during and after school that include but are not limited to physical education, recess, activity clubs, intramurals, interscholastic sports, activity breaks, and so on.