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Only One in Four Adolescents Meet Physical Activity Guidelines

Only about a quarter of youth aged 12 to 15 years get the 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous exercise recommended in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines, finds a new study.

School-Based Strength Training Helps Kids Become Stronger, Boys Become More Active

Substituting 45 minutes of supervised school-based strength training for 2 of 3 regular PE classes significantly increased upper and lower body strength in healthy schoolchildren aged 10 to 14 years, and significantly increased daily spontaneous physical activity outside the training for boys.

Parents and Teachers Want Mandatory Health and PE Classes, Says Poll

An overwhelming majority of parents and teachers want health classes and physical education to be mandatory parts of the schoolday, says a 2013 survery. The problem is that a significant number of schools don't offer health classes. And many schools that do have health and PE classes are not devoting enough time to the subjects or teaching them effectively.

May 1 is Project ACES Day - All Children Exercise Simultaneously!

In conjunction with May as Exercise is Medicine® Month, "The World's Largest Exercise Class" is coming to children and schools around the world May 1, as millions of participants across the globe celebrate the 25th annual Project ACES® Day beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1.

Does More Time Spent in P.E. Class Make Kids Stronger?

An increase in time spent in physical education class helps kids develop stronger muscles and that increasing weekly physical activity does not increase the risk of bone fractures, says a new Swedish study. That's fine, but there's one problem: P.E. time in the U.S. is declining, not increasing, with predictable results.

The More They Burn, The Better They Learn, Says Centers for Disease Control

The CDC's new Burn to Learn infographic explains that physical activity is not only good for the body, but also good for the mind!

Walking Is Great Way To Stay Fit For Entire Family

Looking for a way to keep you and your entire family fit and healthy? Take a walk, says fitness expert and the author of a new children's book, Abby Gets Fit, Doug Werner.

Who's Really Responsible for the Obesity Epidemic?

I'm tired of people blaming schools, sports leagues, and any variety of other organizations and factors for the fact that their children are overweight - obese, even - couch potatoes who play video games and eat junk food. Stop blaming and start looking at yourselves, parents!

Last week, the Dallas Morning News published an article by columnist Nancy Churnin blaming high school sports and the increasingly competitive and elite sports at earlier ages for the obesity epidemic. Anyone who has read my blogs knows that I question the value of elite sports at the younger levels and have not 100% bought into the current status quo of high school sports, but pinning the obesity epidemic on schools and travel teams? Laughable.

I'm tired of people blaming schools, sports leagues, and any variety of other organizations and factors for the fact that their children are overweight - obese, even - couch potatoes who play video games and eat junk food. Stop blaming and start looking at yourselves, parents!

Childhood Obesity: Pro-Active Parents Can Make The Difference

Instead of playing the blame game, pro-active parents can help keep children and teens trim and fit in the electronic age and a world filled with high-calorie junk-food and super-sized meals.

Steps In The Right Direction: Pedometer Can Help Children and Teens Meet Physical Activity Goals

Children and teens should try to take about 12,000 steps per day in order to achieve the 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity experts recommend, says a new Canadian study.
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