More students enrolled in PHED classes this spring

first_imgWhile 63.1 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese according to the 2009 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, USC students are turning to physical education classes to be healthier.About 2,100 students are enrolled in physical education courses this semester, which is a 250-student increase from fall 2010 and a 200-student increase from spring 2010, according to Steve VanKanegan, director of the physical education program.Get fit · USC students participate in the Fitness for Walking class that meets every Monday and Wednesday. Steve VanKanegan, director of the physical education program, said he thinks students care about their health. – Emily Tat | Daily Trojan “Students are choosing to explore physical education not just to round out their schedules, but because they recognize the importance of being active,” VanKanegan said.He said he thinks the primary reason for the increase in the number of students enrolled in physical education classes is the quality of the instructors.“Our instructors have a complete background in the subjects they teach,” VanKanegan said. “We’re not putting [instructors] in classes unless they have played, coached or had extensive experience [in that field].”He said student desires to be healthier have been another driving force behind the department’s growth.“Students are becoming more aware of the importance of health and well-being,” VanKanegan said.Mackenzie Ross, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said she enjoys taking physical education classes at USC because they motivate her to be healthy.“Exercise is really important for being healthy and staying in shape,” Ross said. “Gym classes here are a fun and educational way to get into exercising and stay motivated.”Some students find it difficult to set aside time to work out in between class and homework, so the physical education classes make students prioritize time to exercise.“It’s really important to be healthy while you’re at school,” said Stephanie Guo, a sophomore majoring in communication. “I don’t think I’d have time to work out with the classes I’m taking, so putting it into my schedule really helps.”Josue Enriquez, a senior majoring in civil engineering, said physical education courses are a great outlet for students to relieve stress.“Taking [physical education] classes helps you de-stress from academic classes. I’ve taken many P.E. classes, [and] all the classes have been amazing,” Enriquez said.The department has recently added new classes, including surfing and table tennis, to appeal to a wide variety of students. The surfing class, which was added in the fall, was filled on the first day of registration, according to VanKanegan.The department is working to continue this growth by looking at the possibility of creating a minor in physical education, VanKanegan said. He said this minor would be attractive to students who are wishing to pursue a profession in physical therapy. So far, no steps have been taken to look further into the addition of the minor.“We believe we’re going to continue to grow for years to come because we have a talented core group of instructors, and students are realizing the importance of good health,” VanKanegan said.last_img read more

Premier League: Unai Emery Pleads for More Time as Arsenal Lose to Leicester

first_img arsenalJames Maddisonjamie vardyLeicester City First Published: November 10, 2019, 10:06 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Leicester: Arsenal manager Unai Emery pleaded for calm and patience after his side lost 2-0 at Leicester on Saturday to fall eight points behind the Premier League’s top four.Jamie Vardy and James Maddison were the architects of another fine victory for the Foxes, who moved into second, as the English duo struck in the space of seven second-half minutes. A return to the Champions League next season was Emery’s target after a summer of heavy investment in reshaping his squad.But Arsenal will fall nine points behind the top four should Manchester City avoid defeat away to league leaders Liverpool on Sunday.”We are very ambitious in our target, but we know we need time and patience,” said Emery, who faces an anxious wait to see if his wish will be granted by the Arsenal board with a two-week international break coming up.After early signs of promise at the start of the Spaniard’s reign last season, Arsenal have now taken fewer points in Emery’s first 50 Premier League games in charge than the final 50 of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year tenure.In the face of mounting speculation over his future, Emery surprisingly maintained Mesut Ozil alongside the front two of new captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.That bold strategy nearly paid off when Lacazette fired the first big chance of the match inches wide after Aubameyang had burrowed his way into the area.”If we score the first goal, we could have controlled the game. We didn’t do it and they did,” added Emery.Thereafter, it was Leicester who showed the greater threat going forward.Wilfred Ndidi missed a glorious opportunity when he smashed off the crossbar with the goal gaping from Ricardo Pereira’s cutback four minutes into the second half.Arsenal were the first to put the ball in the net when Aubameyang supplied a characteristically clinical finish but was rightly flagged offside.Vardy has an excellent record against Arsenal and when his chance came, the Premier League’s top scorer was ruthless with a low finish past Bernd Leno from Youri Tielemans’s pass.”It was a brilliant goal and from there I thought we took control of the game,” said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.Vardy turned provider for Leicester’s second as he laid the ball back into the path of Maddison to drill a low shot in from outside the box.”People say they enjoy watching us but we enjoy playing so much. It’s a great feeling,” said Maddison.Arsenal offered precious little after going behind and have now won just two of their last 10 league games. last_img read more