Ga. schools boost opportunities for fitness

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Monday, September 30, 2013

As the school year neared a close last April, officials in Georgia issued an urgent plea to add 30 minutes of exercise into the school day.

In a joint letter sent to superintendents across the state, State Superintendent John Barge and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald made their case for more exercise by pointing to the staggering results of a statewide fitness assessment: Only 16 percent of the state’s students passed five tests of physical fitness, which measured flexibility, body/mass index, aerobic capacity (in a one-mile run/walk or an interval run) and the ability to do push-ups and curl-ups.

One in five students was unable to pass any of the tests conducted last year.

With the state mired in a child obesity epidemic – and kids not only heavy, but also weak – the message was simple: Find a way to get kids moving more.

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