The Skinny on Physical Exercise

Remember the days of childhood? Spider-Man used to be a superhero. Dodgeball and Red Rover, Red Rover weren’t politically incorrect. Heck, you used to even break a sweat during gym class. Gym class. There used to be a gym class.

It’s been almost a year since the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development released a study strongly suggesting that “America’s young children may not be getting enough vigorous physical exercise through their schools’ physical education (PE) programs.” Two years since an HHS report that estimated “300,000 Americans die each year as a result of a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits.” Yet as our nation’s children get bigger, the chances of finding a school with a quality physical education program are becoming even slimmer.

While there are certainly merits to having a sound mind, we should also be mindful of ensuring that children have sound bodies as well.