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Parents see need for more physical activities in schools

April 27, 2011
A University of Michigan poll found that parents with young children want their youngsters to get more exercise during the school day, and about one-third of those surveyed say they don't have enough physical activity in school now.

The university's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll focused on parents of children aged 6 to 11. About 26 percent of those polled said that playground equipment is insufficient in their communities and 22 percent believe that the amount of time spent in school recess is too short.

"Academic and budget pressures threaten schools' ability to provide outlets and opportunities for children's physical activity. Many parents are noticing that something is missing," said Sarah Clark, associate director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the university's medical school.

She added that parents who have weight problems of their own were more likely to see the need for heart healthy school activities that can reduce the risk of child obesity.

Heart health initiatives, such as reducing weight, are part of the community health promotion and education programs of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Programs include heart screenings and a heart health program for school children in grades K-8.
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