May 19, 2009

Recess as good as gym class in terms of health impact

Our friends at Peaceful Playgrounds just linked to an interesting study about the health impact of recess vs. gym class (or, rather, unstructured physical activity vs. structured).

"Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that kids' natural short bursts of play energy contribute just as much to a healthy lifestyle as longer bouts of organized exercise, such as gym class," according to sports columnist Dan Peterson.

Researchers, Michelle Stone and Roger Eston of Exeter's School of Sport and Health Sciences reported their findings in the April edition of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.

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