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October 7, 2010
Two years ago, the National Bureau of Economic Research looked at what makes for successful CEOs, specifically those at companies involved in buyout and venture capital deals. "Success and performance are more strongly correlated with execution-type skills than with interpersonal and team-related skills," the report concluded in part. In other words, being able to get things done trumped being a good team player or a nice guy or gal. OK, so does that translate to maintaining physical fitness?
September 11, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Forget that stereotype about the dumb jock. A new study reveals that kids who are more physically fit score higher on geography tests, too. Previous research has found that out-of-shape kids get lower grades in school and perform worse on tasks involving memory and other types of cognitive function. In addition, mice that exercise have better spatial learning and memory than sedentary mice. For the new study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wondered whether there was a correlation between physical fitness and learning.
July 15, 1998
Physical fitness is no modern fad. The ancient Greeks were such believers of developing "a sound mind in a sound body" that they invented the marathon, the decathlon and the Olympics. Weightlifting was practiced by the Romans, and the practice of yoga was developed centuries ago in India. Learn more about physical fitness using the direct links on the Times Launch Point Web site:
July 16, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
This week through July 24, about 40,000 Boy Scouts and their leaders are descending on a vast encampment in the hills of southern West Virginia to engage in traditional Boy Scout pastimes - hiking, shooting, repelling, orienteering, swimming, canoeing and fishing - and in a slate of more extreme physical activities such as mountain biking, skateboarding and rock climbing. Fat Scouts, however, need not apply. Citing the physical demands of the quadrennial Jamboree and the organization's ideals of physical fitness, the Boy Scouts this year announced that Scouts or Scout leaders with a body mass index, or BMI, above 40 - the point at which one is medically labeled “severely obese” - may not attend.
June 17, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY
Heritage Oak Private Elementary School has announced that a record 68% of its kindergarten-through-sixth-grade students recently qualified for Presidential Physical Fitness Awards. This could be the highest percentage in the state, according to curriculum director Elizabeth Holloman, who said Heritage Oak finished a close second to a Temecula school in 1993. Last year, 64% of Heritage Oak students earned the award. Statewide results are expected in October.
July 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Centers for Disease Control reported Friday that at least five of 11 physical fitness goals for 1990, which it outlined at the beginning of the decade, probably won't be met. "Evidence indicates that regular physical activity reduces the incidence of . . . many medical conditions," the CDC said in its weekly report, citing the benefits of exercise in fighting heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and obesity.
November 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Only one-quarter of the students tested in a fitness exam met the state's standards, Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced Thursday. The tests for students in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades used the Fitnessgram, an assessment formula that measures students' aerobic capacity, body composition, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. There was little variation in the results for the three grades. Only 23% of fifth-graders, 27.1% of seventh-graders and 24.
Eight out of 10 elementary school children and seven out of 10 secondary school students throughout San Diego County and the state fail to meet minimum physical fitness standards to be considered fit, according to results released Tuesday of the first-ever statewide fitness tests. The abysmal performances, although not a total surprise to educators, given similar results from recent nationwide fitness testing, were nevertheless decried at both state and local levels Tuesday.
No one has to tell Gwen Alferes Akins how difficult it is to become a police officer. A part-time waitress, Akins, 33, knows that she must first get accepted by the Sheriff's Academy in Camarillo and then endure 22 weeks of physical and academic training there. For that reason, Akins is enrolled for the second time in an 18-week course at Ventura College designed to prepare students for the physical demands made of recruits at the academy.
June 11, 1985 | HERBERT J. VIDA, Times Staff Writer
One-time Olympic decathlon hopeful Jeff Bathiany is driving around town these days in a converted bread truck, delivering physical fitness for $30 an hour. The eight-month-old mobile gymnasium venture hardly measures up to the intensity of the three years of exhaustive training Bathiany underwent in the hope of earning a medal in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, but it's a living.
May 4, 2013 | By Howard Blume
In an era where test scores dominate discussions about education, a handful of schools received state recognition Friday for their physical fitness programs. Other groups were singled out for arts programs or  career education. Warren High School in Downey received the widest ranging recognition, with citations in fitness, arts and career education. Nearby Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada was an honoree in the fitness category. “We have a philosophy that a student needs to be a whole child, and that it's not about academics alone,” said Sarah Gilbert, dean of students at Hutchinson.
April 25, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
For Dr. Antronette K. Yancey, a UCLA public health professor, exercise could be fun and done in short bursts in the workplace, schools and even places of worship. Her campaign to urge people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives led to a 2010 book about the topic - "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time. " Long before First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national conversation on physical fitness, Yancey was talking about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and the benefits of exercise, colleagues said.
December 13, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Athletes who win at the Olympics may bring home more than just a medal: They could add a few years to their life spans, scientists have found. Winners of a gold (or silver or bronze) medal lived almost three years longer on average than their country's general population - when matched for age, gender and birth year - according to a study released Thursday by the journal BMJ that examined some 15,174 Olympic medalists. The research follows an earlier, controversial report of an "Oscar bump" that found that actors who had won Academy Awards for leading or supporting roles from 1929 onward lived an average of 3.9 years longer than actors who hadn't snagged the coveted gold statue.
November 25, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
If I gain a few pounds this holiday season, I'm going to blame the anti-obesity program at my children's school. Does that sound like the worst dieting excuse ever? I submit that such (deep fried) pretzel logic comes with being a parent in the Los Angeles Unified School District. My children attend a Spanish immersion program in Highland Park. It's a good school, with caring teachers and a committed principal. But like a lot of campuses in Los Angeles, Aldama Elementary has paved blacktop instead of a grassy playing field.
September 21, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Mitt Romney's physician described the Republican presidential nominee as an “energetic, strong, physically fit” and vigorous man in a letter released Friday offering the first detailed glimpse into the state of his health. Dr. Randall D. Gaz, who practices at Massachusetts General Hospital and has been Romney's personal physician since 1989, said the former Massachusetts governor has “no physical impairments that should interfere with his rigorous and demanding political career as the next president of the United States.”  “He has shown the ability to be engaged in multiple, varied, simultaneous activities requiring complex mental, social, emotional, and leadership skills,” Gaz wrote in the letter released on Romney's website.
September 7, 2012
Re "Gray Davis on Brown vs. Christie," Sept. 5 Who cares if Gov. Jerry Brown can beat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a physical fitness contest? A top-quality governor would win a "fiscal fitness" contest. Brown being physically fit is not going to help California one iota. In a fiscal fitness matchup, Christie would come out way ahead of Brown. Lea Osborne Woodland Hills ALSO: Letters: Clinton stirs the Democrats Letters: Driver's licenses for all Californians Letters: Don't make truants come to school
August 27, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
Here's a message that every one of those derisive "Turning 50?" birthday cards ought to carry: A new study finds that those who are most fit at midlife suffer the fewest chronic diseases after the age of 65 and boost the number of years they will live healthy lives. It does not, alas, make them live much longer. Those are the findings of research published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. It's based on 18,670 men and women who, at around their 50th birthday in 1984, were completely healthy as they underwent a battery of measurements and fitness tests at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas.
December 3, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Fewer than one-third of California students who took a statewide physical fitness test this year managed to pass all six areas assessed, new results show. State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, a longtime cross-country coach who has made physical fitness a signature issue, announced the results this week as he launched a program to improve children's health. The campaign will use such celebrity athletes as NBA all-star Bill Walton and others to visit schools to urge students to drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase their exercise.
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