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Recess redress: The importance of play in education

Ask any child what his or her favorite subject is in school, and most will say recess. Yet a recent Gallup poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess to focus more on academics....

source: By Suzanne Mason
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Recentl, the South Dakota Board of Education adopted a new set of physical education standards that are meant to encourage students to maintain physically active lifestyles. Standards they hope will reduce South Dakota's 29.9 percent obesity rate. Because of the added focus...

source: KDLT-TV

A push to combat childhood obesity could result in more gym time for elementary students. The push is being made by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Cancer Society. It's calling for legislation requiring more physical education for elementary students.

source: WEAU-TV

TGIF takes on a whole new meaning at Alice E. Grady School in Elmsford, New York, as hundreds of students anticipate the monthly "Fitness Friday," a furious frolic designed to help instill healthy habits in a fun-filled close to the week. According to "Fitness Friday" maestro...

source: The Daily Voice

Across the nation, school lunchrooms are getting a facelift and a menu makeover. From picked-from-the-garden veggies to fresh-caught fish tacos, students are experiencing the gourmet treatment.

source: Delish via MSN

Children will be center stage at this years Children's Book Fair in Hyde Park, Illinois. "Dancing with Class" is a school-based program where 20 instructors go to about 50 public schools across the city and teach ballroom, Latin and swing dance to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.

source: Hyde Park Herald

Schools in Noblesville, Indiana, launched "Project Fit," a fitness and wellness program using special playground equipment and a special curriculum. The outdoor equipment is designed to address areas where students fail in fitness tests...

source: WISH-TV

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