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Gyms pick up where PE cuts have left off

A past IHRSA survey showed that the number of youth using commercial health clubs jumped more than 200% since 1990. With an increase like that, more and more facilities are adding youth programs, designated areas for children, and staff dedicated to that portion of their population.

In this month's IHRSA entry on the Department of Health and Human Services Be Active Your Way Blog, we discuss how the gaps caused by cuts to physical education across the country has resulted in you more prevalent at the club.

In addition to a club being a safe place that offers many options for kids to be active and healthy, a child attending a healthy offering could influence others in his family.

For the entire blog post, click here.

Reader Comments (2)

It certainly seems like there is more being done in order to curb the increasing number of children who are becoming obese. In fact, they are now running a bunch of ads for that "More You Know" awareness campaign. However, I wonder if we are making the right moves when it comes to addressing childhood obesity. For instance, did you know that there is now an obesity predictor that has been made available to parents? It is basically a calculator which will assess a child's risk of being obese later in life based on a number of genetic and environmental factors specific to that child. If you haven't yet heard about this then I suggest checking out this article:
Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing the information. I also wanted to thank Stephen for taking the time to comment and share the link (even though that link has been cut off). In any case, I did track down an article on that childhood obesity calculator, and this sounds pretty interesting. The article didn't really go too far in depth on the specifics behind the calculator, but the factors involved have to be so complex.
May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert in Birmingham

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