Recess is essential to healthy child development | Opinion

For decades, there has been much hand-wringing and consternation about the health of American children and the seemingly irreversible epidemic of childhood obesity.

But we continue to get an F in children’s general fitness, according to national data. Study after study has confirmed that childhood obesity has serious health consequences for our children. Every excess pound could put a child’s health at risk for serious conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint problems, reproductive problems, and physiological and social problems.

On the flip side, researchers have consistently confirmed that daily exercise for children is associated with a range of documented physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and scholastic benefits that can last well into adulthood.

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