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Recess redress: The importance of play in education

Ask any child what his or her favorite subject is in school, and most will say recess. Yet a recent Gallup poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess to focus more on academics....

source: By Suzanne Mason
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Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., MPH, who has inspired millions to exercise for good health since the release of his first best-seller Aerobics more than 40 years ago, will keynote the Closing General Session of SHAPE America's...

source: SHAPE America

Put on a little music, and before you know it a group of seven 4-year-olds are doing the "scarf dance." Then the "brain dance." Then the "bouncing dance." Maybe this all sounds perfectly normal, little kids dancing around and having fun. And it is. But it is also therapy,...

source: The Register-Guard

They walked while listening to digital podcasts, sat on stability balls, danced to a fitness routine and more. The "they" were students and all these activities were done at school.

source: Pottstown Mercury

Today's kids are not active enough. And they are becoming less active every year. The reasons for our failure to reverse the inactivity trend are myriad: the perception of unsafe streets, the allure of computer screens, registration costs for youth sports, and access to...

source: The Globe and Mail

We all know that regular exercise can have dramatic effects on our physical health, as it helps protect us from preventable diseases, but what about our minds? The effects of physical fitness may extend beyond disease and obesity prevention, potentially impacting our intelligence...

source: NerdWallet via Fox News

A student's refusal to be weighed in front of her class and her mother's complaints to the school board sparked an Iowa school district to suspend weighing students as part of a measure to determine their body mass index, or BMI, a common health assessment tool in schools...

source: The Des Moines Register


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