A strong correlation exists between physical fitness and academic achievement. Physical education has been part of the required school curriculum in California for decades due to the consensus among the community and legislators that physical activity is essential for children’s healthy growth and development. Physical education teaches the students the skills, knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes to be physically active the rest of their lives. Physical education is the only subject identified in the California Education Code with a mandated number of minutes for instruction. It is our responsibility to ensure that quality physical education instruction is provided for all students and complies with state and federal mandates governing physical education. Click here for resources and additional information on LA Unified's Physical Education. For guided physical activity exercises including brain breaks, see below.