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Kids Need an Hour of Exercise a Day

CDC-Backed Panel Issues New Recommendation for Kids to Stay Healthy

PE Under Siege continued...

The panel presented evidence that physical activity actually helps children perform better academically. Strong acknowledges that the data are not conclusive, but he says it is clear that regular physical activity doesn't hurt school performance.

The CDC recommends daily physical education from kindergarten through 12th grade. But few schools comply, citing budget restrictions and increasing academic demands which eat up the school day.

"It may be that we need to extend the school day or include physical activity in after-school programs," Strong says.

And while schools are critical, all agree that parents are, too. The best way to encourage exercise in children is to set a good example, they say.

"The evidence is very clear that if parents are active their children will be more likely to be active, too," Malina says.

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