League of Fans Sports Policy Director quoted in Washington Post column on the state of Physical Education
In a piece titled “What happened to P.E.? It’s losing ground in our push for academic improvement,” Post Columnist Jay Mathews wonders if coaches and Internet giants can “revive our youth with vigorous, addictive exercises?”
Mathews notes in the column that as P.E. is being cut in many places today, more kids are overweight and obese, and the pressures of physical inactivity continue to rise.
Ken Reed, League of Fans Sports Policy Director, explains that beyond helping to counter these physical health problems, studies have found a positive correlation between physical activity and both mental health and academic achievement, stating:
“A 20-minute jog around the school building would do more to improve test scores than 20 extra minutes of cramming for the test,”
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- League of Fans Sports Policy Director Ken Reed quoted in Washington Post column titled "What happened to P.E.? It’s losing ground in our push for academic improvement," by Jay Mathews
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