September 21, 2008 |
One of the largest studies of its kind shows just how sluggish American children become once they hit the teen years: While 90% of 9-year-olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3% of 15-year-olds do. What's more, the study suggests that fewer than a third of teens that age get even the minimum recommended by the government -- an hour of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, like cycling, brisk walking, swimming or jogging. The sharp drop raises concerns about inactivity continuing into adulthood, which could endanger kids' health throughout their lives, the study's authors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2007 |
An 11-year-old boy collapsed and died after running less than a lap during gym class at his Burbank middle school, authorities said Friday. Austin Anthony Cook, a sixth-grader at John Muir Middle School, was doing a standard fitness run on the outdoor track Thursday when he collapsed, said Joel Shapiro, a deputy superintendent for the Burbank Unified School District. Shapiro said Austin was known to be athletic and in "excellent physical condition."
May 10, 2007 |
GYM Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy has Stockholm syndrome. No, not the clinical psychological response of a hostage sympathizing with his captor. His is the more common variety: "I've never seen more beautiful girls in my entire life," he exclaims on the phone from a tour stop in Sweden. "It's kind of surreal. I keep pinching myself." That's when he's not already pinching himself over the astonishing breakthrough of the band, which plays KIIS-FM's Wango Tango on Saturday.
May 24, 2006
NEWS THAT A FORMER gym teacher in Florida has pleaded guilty to six counts of bribery for charging students $1 for the privilege of skipping gym class raises all the usual questions about corruption and dishonesty in high and low places -- plus one more: Only $1? He could have charged way more. According to Terence Braxton, he is not the only teacher at the Pensacola, Fla., middle school who saw all those gym-shy students as a possible revenue stream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2006 |
A Ventura seventh-grader collapsed Wednesday during a gym class run at De Anza Middle School and died shortly after at a hospital, school officials said. Ricardo Ramirez, 12, was an outstanding student who wanted to go to college and ran a nine-minute mile for the school's cross-country team, said Supt. Trudy Arriaga of the Ventura Unified School District. But as Ricardo and his classmates headed out for a warmup run at the start of their 10 a.m.
November 21, 2004 |
At a growing number of health clubs, gyms and YMCAs across the country, the treadmills and barbells aren't just for adults anymore. More teens and "tweens," or preteens, are hitting the workout circuit to get in shape. The trend is driven by parents worried about childhood obesity while schools cut physical education classes. And health clubs -- long considered adult-only zones that often barred youngsters -- see the potential for a new market.