WASHINGTON (May 23, 2013)—A new report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students, and that P.E. be designated as a core subject.
The report says only about half of the nation's youngsters are getting at least an hour of vigorous or moderate physical activity every day.
Another concern, the report says, is that 44 percent of school administrators report slashing big chunks of time from physical education, arts and recess since the passage of the No Child Left Behind law in 2001 in order to increase classroom time for reading and math.
With childhood obesity on the rise, and children spending more of the day in the classroom, the head of the panel that wrote the report says schools are the best place to help shape up the nation's children.
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