Thursday, April 07, 2016

Girls don't get enough exercise

You go, girls!
Children in general don't get the recommended amounts of exercise, with girls lagging the furthest behind.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that school-age kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity every day. According to the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences, half of this should come during the school day.

Not even close, people.

Researchers at Tufts found that of 453 kids, only 15% achieved the goal of 60 minutes, and only 8% got it during the school day. The biggest gap was between boys and girls--with only 8% meeting the 60 minute goal and only 2% during the school day.

Overweight kids also got less during the school day than normal weight kids.

Fee states require schools to provide this much exercise. In fact, may schools are cutting back or eliminating gym and recess.

Mostly, in school, kids spend time in sedentary or light physical activities.

Can we do better? Kids spend a lot of time in school--give them a chance to blow off steam and run around. Make them climb the dreaded rope or dodge the ball? That may be going to far, she said, shuddering at the memory.

For some reason, I do remember square dancing quite fondly...I guess that used to be a sport.

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