Three cheers for Kathleen Sebelius! At a conference on obesity sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention July 28, our Health and Human Services Secretary criticized schools cutting recess and eliminating physical education from their curricula.
"We've not only been fattening our children, but we've been dumbing them down by not giving them a physical regime," something that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has also recognized, Sebelius said. (Hear, hear!)
She also enumerated several frightening statistics, including:
(Source: LA Times)
The CDC also just released a report with 24 recommendations for stemming the tide of the obesity epidemic in America. The recommendations include:
It's great to see outdoor recreation areas getting attention in their recommendations, as well as kids' opportunities to be physically active. It's worth noting that their recommendation about extracurricular physical activity specifically excludes organized sports where people are required to try out, but rather focuses on dance classes and game opportunities that are open to everyone.