Dr. Richard Besser of ABC News: Schools Need to Promote Health for Kids

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014 |

With an increased emphasis on academics and testing in school, physical education and the outdoors often gets left behind.

WATCH as Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’s Chief Health and Medical editor and formerly the acting director of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, talks with genConnect about the need for schools to do better with keeping kids fit:

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“So many of our health practices get started when we are children, and if you look at what has been going on in the schools, it’s been a movement towards anti-health,” Besser claims. “Our schools are moving away from things that promote health. [They’ve] squeezed out recess, free play, physical exercise in exchange for  more time on reading, writing, and arithmetic.”

Besser believes that with the No Child Left Behind Act, students are learning more in the classroom but not spending enough time outdoors – and that’s detrimental to their overall health. “For many people, if they’re not getting some exercise in school, they’re not going to learn to exercise and enjoy it,” he says. Physical education is just as important as the other school subjects, Besser believes. Being in shape and living a healthy life style is vital for kids to learn at an early age in order to maintain their health throughout their lifetime.

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About Dr. Richard Besser: Dr. Richard Besser is ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor. Besser has been with ABC since 2009 and appears regularly on “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.” Previously he had [...]
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