The New York Times reports, “In its biennial survey of high school students across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June ‘that nearly half of schools said they had no physical education classes in an average week.'”
For example, at Anatola Elementary School in Van Nuys, California, “not only are there no gym teachers, but there is also no gym.”
The CDC contends that while advocates like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and First Lady Michelle Obama have raised awareness about fighting childhood obesity, many schools are underperforming when it comes to providing adequate time for school recess and physical activity.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has proposed “injecting language into the Federal budget creating incentives for schools to report how much physical activity students are getting.”