Should Community Service Be an Alternative to Physical Education in Schools?

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Playing Community Service Alternative to School Physical Education?

Should community service be available as an alternative to physical education classes in schools? The Doctors discuss one school's new approach to PE class.

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A school in Iowa is giving students credit for their physical education class when they perform a service in the community, like helping seniors, individuals with disabilities, or cleaning up different areas in their town. The program appears to be a success as many of the participants continue to volunteer after completing their required service hours.

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The Doctors applaud this creative approach, noting this will help teach kids about the importance of giving back to the community, how to be more empathetic, and this all done while being active.

This great approach to staying active while giving back to others does not have to be limited to just students. Is there someone in your area who needs assistance, possibly an elderly neighbor who needs help taking care of their lawn or some other task around the house?

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