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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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A week-long residency of a Minneapolis dance company at Falls Elementary School culminated in a dance program at Falls High School. In front of friends and family, students got to show off what they learned all week from Zenon Dance Company instructors, and perform dances...

source: International Falls Journal

Lindsay Oliver, who has been teaching dance for more than 20 years and has a B.A. in exercise physiology and a M.S. in physical education and dance, addresses eight questions about dance and fitness. "In reality, any form of dance can be an aerobic workout," she said. "Dances...

source: The Coeur d' Alene Press

Schools in the U.S. will now have the opportunity to go against the grain of first lady Michelle Obama's healthy lunch program. A massive year-end spending bill released by Congress doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by the first...

source: CBS News

During a recent PE class at Kawana Academy of Arts and Sciences, about 60 first-graders hopped, skipped and jumped their way around a series of stations set up in a grassy field as kid-oriented workout music boomed. The class marked a shift at the south Santa Rosa, California,...

source: The Press Democrat

Children who skip main meals are more likely to have excess body fat and an increased cardiometabolic risk already at the age of 6 to 8 years, according to a study. A higher consumption of sugary drinks, red meat and low-fat margarine...

source: University of Eastern Finland via ScienceDaily

Lack of sleep and sleep-related breathing problems appear to boost children's risk of obesity, a new study finds. What isn't clear from the study, however, is whether the sleep issues actually cause obesity, or if something else might explain the association between sleep...

source: Albert Einstein College of Medicine via HealthDay News


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