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Report: Almost 16% of America’s young people are overweight

October 26, 2018


A key factor in reducing obesity is physical exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading experts recommend 60 minutes every day, but for public schools that can be a challenge when time constraints and budget cuts come into play. In addition, with the onset of cell phones, computers and social media, young people have become increasingly sedentary.

According to Active Schools, the current iteration of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, only 20% of school districts require daily recess, six states require physical education in every grade, and two out of three children are inactive.

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