Students all over the country are heading back to school this month. For many, this means saying goodbye to the activities and exercise opportunities of summer. Instead, students will take on more sedentary lifestyles, broken up by recess and Physical Education (P.E.) class. At least, that used to be the case. Now, some schools are looking in to cutting, or have already cut P.E. classes and recess from the curriculum.
P.E. classes may be the only exercise some students do in a day. Since during the school year, most kids will spend the majority of their time in the classroom, it makes sense to include the federally recommended 60 minutes of exercise in the school day. By removing those classes, schools could be unwittingly contributing to a student's decline in health. Furthermore, with the rise of childhood obesity, it makes sense to factor a little physical activity into each student's day. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can make a significant difference to overall health.
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