The State of Illinois is discussing introducing "advanced PE classes" into high schools to help battle childhood obesity. It's something one local high school has offered for two years and says it gets results.
For students at Pleasant Hill High School, there's nothing better than an intense workout session.
Alex Rodhouse is a senior, who's been in the class for years and says it's a great way to give your brain a break from the classroom.
"When you're in the middle of the day, it helps to burn off the energy that you have, you know excess classes," said Rodhouse. "Classes are dragging you down, you're getting tired, Advance PE is the perfect thing to give you a break."
Pleasant Hill Principal Ryan Lowe started the class in the Spring of 2011. He says now, roughly a third of the students in the high school are taking the class, but when it first started it wasn't the most popular class.
"We started off and no one really wanted to take it because sometimes kids don't really want to work real hard or get all sweaty and that kinda thing at school, but when they start seeing the other kids making these gains, it just grew and grew," said Lowe.
Lowe says the major difference between regular PE and advanced PE is the fact with regular PE, you go out, stretch and play a sport. But, with advanced PE, you're more focused on agility and weight training.
However, Lowe explains this class is more than figuring out how much you can bench press. It teaches other valuable life lessons.
"They can run, they can jog and they can do all that kinda stuff," said Lowe. "I think it's teaching them to be healthy and be in shape and a lot of kids see the results, they feel better and they like it."
"It makes you feel better about yourself and everything. Once you get into that routine and coming in here everyday and getting you can figure out your comfortability and where you want to be," said Rodhouse.
School officials could begin planning for and implementing an advanced P.E. course next school year.
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