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Active recess helps Pitt kids be `Fit Kids'

November 20, 2007
by Josh Humphries
The Daily Reflector

Every elementary and middle school teacher in Pitt County has been trained to provide healthier, more active classrooms through a Fit Kids initiative. The initiative, www.fitkidsnc.com, launched last year, requires 30 minutes of physical activity in the classroom setting each day, in order to comply with a recent policy adopted by the State Board of Education. A report recently released from the Washington-based Trust for America's Health indicates that North Carolina's children are the fifth most obese in the United States. The Fit Kids program is part of the largest single-subject teacher-training initiative in the history of North Carolina public education, according to the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund office. Recent research shows that students who engage in daily physical activity exhibit superior academic performance, have better attendance, and an increased positive attitude toward school, according to the HWTF.

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