PE and Health

Diverse cultures have varying perceptions of health and wellness, desirable body shape and features, and physical work versus leisure exercise. These cultural differences need to be considered by teachers. For example, although much of the medical tradition of Western societies is based on rigorous empirical research, there is much in medicine that remains "art," with a large percentage of healing occurring as a result of placebo effects or other cultural expectations. Therefore, educators must be careful to avoid disparaging native forms of healing that may be as efficacious as medical approaches or that may work well in conjunction with medical approaches, depending on the cultural context. The sites below provide some information for educators to consider.

Body Image and Culture

This website provides educators with sample lesson plans that integrate culture and health. Educators can these examples to modify and generate their own multicultural heath lessons.

Adapted Physical Education

This site provides information about adapting physical education activities and lessons to include students with disabilities.