New PE measures help improve students’ health
National surveys show that the overall health — including stamina, strength and aerobic capacity — of primary and secondary students has started to improve following the introduction of measures to enhance physical education, the Ministry of Education said.
The ministry analyzed data on 123,000 students aged between 7 and 18 in 2013 and 150,500 in the same age group in 2012. The results show that average cardiopulmonary function, lowerlimb strength and stamina have improved since 2005.
The obesity growth rate among students aged from 7 to 18, which rose steadily from 1985 to 2012, began to slow in 2013.
The latest PE initiative will see the creation of a soccer league system that within three years will involve 20,000 schools. (Photo 4)