Fitness programs for kids ineffective

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  • Older Mom Roswell, GA
    Oct. 5, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    We live in a very affluent area in northern Atlanta, with high taxes to match. What surprised me the most upon moving here was the lack of sidewalks, even on major streets. Our large subdivision has one bike trail on the main road coming in and out of the subdivision. There are no sidewalks in the subdivision. If a child rides a bike, it is in the road. Walking to school can be precarious because of heavy traffic and the need to cross busy roads without a crossing gaurd. In many places you are required to walk over fairly rough terrain. I think more people would let their children walk to school or ride bikes, if it was safe. Even for an adult it can be treacherous. I am bewildered as to why in an area with so much wealth that the city does not put in more sidewalks.

    Parents here also fear that someone will kidnap their child, this is not unfounded here. Most of the parents walk their children to the bus and wait with them. At night they are there to meet them or the children go to an afterschool program. So much for excercise.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 3, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    What an odd study. Trying to apply a european study, a place where people on a regular basis walk and use public transportation to get to work, and apply it to Americans where we will drive from one side of the shopping center to the other, takes nothing into account of what our base level of activity is.

    Comparing our kids that get dropped off and picked up at the schools door, to kids in Europe that regularly walk to school, makes no sense. Comparing the effects of a PE class on kids that in Europe can't drive until they are 18, and would never think of driving themselves to school, to American kids where having a car to drive to school at 16 is a near right of passage makes no sense.

    An hour or two of exercise added to what a kid does in Europe has is far less impact than what an hour or two of exercise would impact an American kids daily routine. WHen I visit my office in Heidelberg Germany, I regularly make the several mile walk to work each day. Here in the states, it is almost unheard of. Big difference.