Poll Finds Gym Classes May Be Popular After All

Requiring physical education classes in school is a good thing, according to the majority of people who responded to a recent Pennsylvania poll.

Eighty-eight percent of participants in the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) Institute for Good Medicine’s 2010 Patient Poll favored the requirement for all students.

This finding supports the intent of proposed regulations developed last year by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Department of Education.

In anticipation of the introduction of the new regulations, PAMED reviewed the regulations and commented on them.  The Society offered support and suggestions for refinements, such as including a physician from the local community – and, whenever possible, a registered dietician and the local school nurse – as a member of each local school health advisory committee.