Physical Education and Mental Health in Adolescent Students.

Jamie Pond

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Berg

City: Penticton

Occupation: Teacher

Year: 2021


  • Curriculum
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing


According to recent studies physical education and activity can impact the mental and overall well-being of students. Participating in daily physical movement leads to a decrease in mental health disorders such as anxiety (general and social), depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The purpose of this study was to see if daily physical activity, along with covering health topics such as mental health, food choices, hydration and limiting screen time, and daily check-ins would positively impact students’ well-being. The result of these surveys indicated that a majority of students had a positive experience in physical education class and not only expressed their overall mental health improved, but they also understood how to positively work on and change their mental health status.

Student Biography

Jamie is a physical education teacher who is passionate about creating a welcoming and engaging environment for her students. She believes that with genuine connection and physical movement any students day and educational journey can be a good one.