Gregoryy, I agree with you but in some regards I have to disagree. I agree that it is very important to develop a balance of what healthy foods to eat and maintaining at least some moderate exercise just to take care of yourself. When I said I disagree, it's only because I'm trying to think from the perspective of school board's and institutions. I love physical activity. I thrive on it, as I'm too eccentric already, but what school institutions are looking for is to educate their students on the subjects of study that are used widely. When a person excels in physical activities or become interested, normally they will commit themselves to some kind of sport. Also, when you think about what is required to stay in shape - it would take too much off of school time to make an entire course for it. I will note that you even said "high schools", which in turn makes sense because that allows for more flexibility in schedules as opposed to college (where personally I think it shouldn't be required due to the already amounting expenses from tuition, etc.). I think that in the eyes of school institutions it's not important because physical education requires a commitment, which most people do not possess. To be honest, it's America - I believe to be the only country (or one of the only ones) to struggle with an overweight problem. Because this course takes a dedication for something that you have to commit to, I think the school board thinks that most young kids would take advantage of the extra time off from learning about English, Math, Science, etc. This is only my opinion though.