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Weight Loss Shouldn't Be the Goal of PE

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For adults, the goal of exercise is often to shed some pounds, but new research from the University of Georgia suggests the objective should be different for kids.

Physical education should focus on improving students' physical skills, knowledge of the benefits of exercise, and motivation to be active. The goal should be to build students' cardiorespiratory endurance, a measure of how well the body handles long periods of exercise--not to help them lose weight, according to the study's authors. Kids can be overweight (as measured by the Body Mass Index, or BMI ...