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Capitol Hill needs an education on being physical

For anyone, let's say over the age of 30, the idea of not having phys ed class was unheard of. We all knew for one period a day we would head to the lockerroom, change into shorts and a T-shirt and sweat for 30 or so minutes.

Helen Durkin, IHRSA executive vice president of Public Policy, remembers, too, as well as getting up during class and moving around to stimulate the mind and the body.

She recently wrote a column for Roll Call, which covers politics and government on Capitol Hill, touting movement and exercise for youth of all ages.

Among the points was the many benefits of exercise: "Everything we know tells us that exercise — movement — is critically important to growing children, adolescents and teens. We know that regular physical activity helps control weight; builds healthy bones, joints and muscles; mitigates stress, depression and anxiety; reduces the short- and long-term risk for numerous chronic diseases; enhances mood, energy and the ability to concentrate; helps with executive function and impulse control; reduces the likelihood of unhealthy, risky behaviors; helps develop social, emotional and cognitive skills; advances positive self-image and self-efficacy; positively correlates to academic success. The list goes on."

For the entire column, visit Roll Call.


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