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School health program helps kids get active
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Investing in a broad school health program could lead to in-school and at-home benefits for students, a new Canadian study hints. Children increased their daily physical activity on both school days and weekends in the years after schools hired a full-time health facilitator and set healthy living goals, researchers found. “It shows that if you deliver a school program well, kids not only will be active more during the school hours when they are in the hands of the teachers but they’re also being trained and understand that it’s important to be physically active at other times,” Paul J. Veugelers said. No program had been proven to meaningfully affect how much children exercise outside of school hours, the researchers noted.