Posts Tagged ‘US Youth’

What Improvement? US Youth Fitness Drops 10 Points

May 29th, 2014

Michelle Obama is launching a passionate defense of improvements to the National School Lunch Program. She is fighting House Republican proposals to provide waivers of the new requirements for some schools. The arguments against such waivers might be stronger had waivers not been so liberally used in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nevertheless, the First Lady is making much of improvements in children’s health since launching her Let’s Move campaign. Unfortunately, the facts are not very supportive. The National Center for Health Statistics has issued a new report on cardiorespiratory fitness among U.S. youth aged 12-15. Short answer: it has gotten worse. The Report states, “The percentage of youth aged 12-15 who had adequate levels of cardiorespiratory fitness decreased from 52.4% in 1999-2000 to 42.2% in 2012.”