News in Brief
Most Calif. Students Fail to Meet Fitness Goals
Adding more fuel to arguments that California children need to ditch the TV in favor of more athletic pursuits, a report released last week shows that fewer than one-third of students meet state fitness goals.
"Today's results are clear," said schools chief Tom Torlakson in a news release. "When only 31 percent of children are physically fit, that's a public-health challenge we can't wait to address."
The state tests students in grades 5, 7, and 9 in six areas: aerobic capacity, abdominal strength, upper-body strength, trunk strength, flexibility, and body-fat composition. The goal is for students to meet fitness standards in all six areas to prevent against diseases that can result from inactivity.
Vol. 31, Issue 13, Page 4Published in Print: December 7, 2011, as Most Calif. Students Fail to Meet Fitness Goals