Monday, December 10, 2007

Kids Fail Physical Fitness Test

The California Department of Education reports that more than two in three California public school students failed to meet State physical fitness standards. They measured over a million fifth, seventh and ninth graders in six areas:
  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Body fat percentage
  • Abdominal strength and endurance
  • Trunk strength and flexibility
  • Upper body strength and endurance
  • Overall flexibility
There is a little good news here...compared to 2006, the scores increased 2% for fifth graders (to 27.1%), 1% for seventh graders (30.9%) and 3% for ninth graders (30.1%)

These numbers are a bit of a shock when you see them in black and white. California has great weather, lots of open space and, I thought, a more health minded population. Could it be the video games and TV? Is it lack of physical education in schools? The report didn't discuss the reasons but the results speak for themselves. Get these kids outside doing activities or we are going to be faced with a very unhealthy adult population in a few years. Hey Arnold, where are you?

1 comment:

Rich said...

It all starts at home.