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Why does physical education matter?

Weight control

Reduces blood pressure

Raises HDL ("good") cholesterol

Reduces the risk of diabetes and some kinds of cancer

Improves psychological well-being, including gaining more self-confidence and higher self-esteem 

Strengthens your heart, lungs, bones and muscles and gives you more energy

Helps you handle stress and sleep better

Physically fit students tend to outscore their peers who are less-fit on academic tests

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