“We need more recess, ” announced a second grader. The CDC, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree with him!
When Catherine Ramstetter, who researches health promotion in schools, started studying recess nearly a decade ago, she expected that the recreational time would help kids get some of the moderate to vigorous exercise they need. By the time she and pediatrician Robert Murray authored a policy statement for the AAP in 2012, it was clear that recess offers much more than a chance for kids to work up a sweat.
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