Physical Education and Health

Culture can impact one's perception of health and wellness, desirable body shape and features, and physical work versus leisure exercise. Teachers should consider these cultural differences when planning lessons to engage students from different backgrounds. For example, the medical tradition of Western societies, with its emphasis on rigorous empirical research, overlaps with and owes a debt to the traditional healing practices of cultures around the world. Indeed, research has validated the efficacy of many of these practices as well as the healing materials used to accomplish them. Across the world, healing is as much a matter of art as science, and 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. 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 use these examples to modify and generate their own multicultural health lessons.

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