Longer gym class periods reduce childhood obesity

May 31, 2013

By Ashik Siddique More time in gym class actually does reduce the likelihood that young children will become obese, according to a new study published in the Journal of Health Economics. The findings are some of the first evidence that physical education (P.E.) directly impacts the weight of elementary school children, say the researchers. Organizations including the Centers […]

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Future of fitness: St. Paul school at forefront of measuring student health

May 9, 2013

By Mila Koumpilova Carolyn Will once got stomachaches as she braced for the annual Presidential Physical Fitness Test, the decades-old staple of gym class. But her son, a fourth-grader at St. Thomas More Catholic School in St. Paul, looks forward to the test: He logs in sit-ups at home and coaches his cousin on proper sprinting […]

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Gym class isn’t just fun and games anymore

February 25, 2013

By Montoko Rich On a recent afternoon, the third-graders in Sharon Patelsky’s class reviewed words like “acronym,” “clockwise,” and “descending,” as well as math concepts like greater than, less than, and place values. During gym class. Ms. Patelsky, the physical education teacher at Everglades Elementary School here, instructed the students to count by fours as […]

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