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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-09-10 08:09 PM
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Conflicting education goals emerge - obesity vs. teach-to-the test
Edited on Fri Apr-09-10 08:10 PM by Catshrink
Okay, that's snark, but don't you think this recommendation conflicts with Arne's "data-driven" "reform" movement? How can we allow kids time for recess? They need to be testing, testing testing!

Routine "recess" a hit at White House obesity summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) A doctor's endorsement of frequent recess breaks -- and not just for kids -- drew an appreciative response from experts meeting at a White House summit on childhood obesity on Friday.

Dozens of child advocates, public policy experts and doctors gathered to brainstorm ideas for first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to wipe out childhood obesity in a generation.

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The summit participants were asked to come up with three to five recommendations for the task force to consider taking to the president.

Healthier foods in corporate cafeterias and linking public transportation to grocery store access were among the early suggestions.

But the audience especially appeared to appreciate a California doctor's call for a drive to integrate short bursts of physical activity into the regular workplace and school routine.

Oops, forgot the link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100410/pl_nm/us_obesity_summit
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-09-10 08:24 PM
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1. "Short bursts of activity" will help make those 10-hr year-round school days more bearable --
geared to parents working two part-time jobs with no holidays --
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-09-10 10:10 PM
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2. Maybe they'll convert the desks into exercycles
Edited on Fri Apr-09-10 10:11 PM by Starry Messenger
They can pedal while bubbling in the scantrons.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-09-10 10:16 PM
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3. DON'T give them any ideas!
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