Schools Get Creative With PE While Reducing Hours

Budget cuts illustrate the balancing act these days between academics and PE, as schools struggle to raise test scores in the face of a growing obesity epidemic. The Maplewood-Richmond Heights district in St. Louis has emphasized physical education as part of a larger health initiative. All students, including those in high school, have at least 200 minutes a week of physical activity, and usually more when recess is counted. The district also encourages teachers to incorporate brain breaks by having students stretch and run in place in the classroom. Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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