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What Happened to Physical Education?

By Melissa Halas-Liang, Super Kid Nutrition, 03/22/18, 12:00PM CDT

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Being active and spending time outdoors helps kids reset and take a mental break from their scheduled activities.

Remember your childhood years of playing tag, racing friends on big wheels and meeting the neighborhood kids at the local playground or creek?

Remember daily PE class, experiencing new activities with your friends? How we wish to go back to those days!

But a lot has changed in the last few decades. As of 2007, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reported only 36 percent of children were meeting the recommended one hour of physical activity per day.

Only about 30 percent of school children participate in a sport on a regular basis, even though studies show that participation in sports is correlated with a greater likelihood of attending college, increased self-esteem, and stronger leadership skills.