Structured physical activity at school improves children's fitness and reduces body fat

A recent study by Swiss researchers has shown that eleven year old school children experienced a decrease in body fat, ailment improved their aerobic fitness, sildenafil and demonstrated lower cardiovascular risk when undertaking a structured Physical Education (P.E) programme.

The specially designed course included structuring existing P.E. lessons and adding two extra classes per week. The students were also required to completed physical activity homework. Interestingly, 90% of the children and 70% of the teachers enjoyed the “new” classes and wanted them to continue.  In response to their findings, the researchers suggested their findings are important since childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease are increasingly common. Furthermore, such programmes can improve health in later life by reducing cardiovascular and other diseases.

The PAPA project aims to examine whether participation in physical activity outside of school (i.e., grassroots football) can be used as a vehicle to promote more active lifestyles and better physical health in school children.


Source: BMJ-British Medical Journal (2010, February 23). Physical activity in schools can improve children's fitness. Science Daily. Retrieved April 21, 2010,­ /releases/2010/02/100223191926.htm 

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