Outline of the state of Tennessee

Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Benefits of Physical Activity—HS

Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Benefits of Physical Activity—HS

State law addresses physical activity.

Tennessee Administrative Rules and Regulations 0520-01-03-.06 Graduation Requirements

Students must complete one (1) credit in wellness. The wellness courses will integrate concepts from health, physical fitness, and wellness and may be taught by a team of teachers from one (1) or more teaching areas, including health, physical education, family and nutrition sciences, and health sciences education.

Participation in marching band and interscholastic athletics may not be substituted for this aspect of the graduation requirements. Credit earned in two (2) years of JROTC may be substituted provided the local system has complied with requirements of the State Board of Education.

Credit for basic training may be substituted, upon the choice of the student, for the required credit in lifetime wellness and credit in one (1) elective course or for credit in two (2) elective courses.

  • (a) High School Diploma.

The following twenty-two (22) credits shall be required for graduation:

  • English language arts 4 credits
  • Mathematics 4 credits
  • Science 3 credits
  • Social Studies 3 credits
  • Physical Education and Wellness 1.5 credits
  • Personal Finance 0.5 credit
  • Elective Focus 3 credits
  • Foreign Language 2 credits
  • Fine Arts 1 credit
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Tennessee Health Education Standard. Personal Wellness. Fitness. Grades 9-12.

Component: Personal Wellness

Subcomponent: Fitness

HS.PW.4 Implement the health-related and skill-related components of fitness.

HS.PW.5 Analyze and engage in physical activities that are developmentally appropriate and support achievement of personal fitness.

HS.PW.6 Describe and apply principles related to physical activity (i.e., principles of training, target heart rate, warmup/cool-down).

HS.PW.7 Construct fitness goals (i.e., S.M.A.R.T.).

Component Extension Research community resources that promote fitness and wellness.

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