Health is a critical input for the child's overall development since it significantly influences enrolment, retention and completion of school. This subject area adopts a holistic definition of health within which physical education and yoga contribute to the physical, social, emotional and mental aspects of a child's development. The basic understanding is that children's health contributes to their future healthy living and also provides the base for performance in the chosen area of work.
The curriculum design for this area addresses children's health and physical fitness needs at different levels of schooling with particular attention to vulnerable social groups and girl children. Our comprehensive school health programme is a part of sports and physical education, and it is related to our children's needs and age-specific concerns at different stages of development. The idea of a comprehensive school health programme was conceived of in the 1940s that included six major components, viz. medical care, hygienic school environment, school lunch, health, yoga and physical education.