Rich or poor, schools fall short on providing physical activity

March 3, 2014

By Milly Dawson Schools in wealthier areas are more likely to have a physical education (PE) teacher on staff than are schools in poorer areas, but students in both wealthy and less affluent areas are coming up short with regard to physical activity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion. “Children […]

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Equipment, encouragement gets kids active during recess

November 20, 2013

By Allison Bond Providing children with sports equipment, encouragement, and a safe environment boosts their activity level during the school day, according to a recent study from Australia. Researchers found that simple steps such as making sure elementary school students have bats and balls to use during recess or asking students to stand up between […]

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Schools should increase exercise and track weight data, study recommends

April 9, 2009

By Annie Gowen Local schools need to do more to get students moving and track their weight data, according to a recent regional survey on childhood obesity. Researchers for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments surveyed nine area school districts and found that although all met federal nutrition guidelines for meals, none met the recommended 150 […]

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