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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11 2012 6:40 p.m. MST

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RN4moms
Bountiful, UT

It is so true that there is no time for adults or children to exercise. Children come home from school and are expected to do homework until dinner and bedtime. They are supposed to read 30 minutes a day (elementary) and do "worksheets" which are of little or no value in their education. This leads to no time for exercise. The kids want to go to the park? Can't do it - too much homework. They sit for most of the day and come home and sit some more and it's not necessarily in front of the TV or video games as some people think. The pressure is unbelievable on the parents who often are also working, to help the kids with their projects, listen to them read and help with their math. Especially for kids who struggle this is unreasonable. But, schools are sending a message that physical activity is something saved for the weekends. We have to fix this problem at a basic level and stop trying to do what hasn't worked in the past. Homework does NOT make better or smarter or more successful students, but it does make for sedentary kids.

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