P.E. getting serious for kids at many schools - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

P.E. getting serious for kids at many schools

Posted: Updated:
  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:22:44 GMT
    Former midddleweight boxer Rubin Carter has died. (Source: Flickr) Former midddleweight boxer Rubin Carter has died. (Source: Flickr)
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.Full Story >
    By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.Full Story >
  • FORECAST: Warm Easter Sunday!

    FORECAST: Warm Easter Sunday!

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:50:59 GMT
    That big orange "egg" in the sky will shine upon us throughout this Easter Sunday.  Meteorologist Steve Norris says along with the bright sunshine, the mercury will soar into the mid 70s...
    Full Story >
    That big orange "egg" in the sky will shine upon us throughout this Easter Sunday.  Meteorologist Steve Norris says along with the bright sunshine, the mercury will soar into the mid 70s...Full Story >
  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

    Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:03:52 GMT
    The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.Full Story >
    Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state...Full Story >
CINCINNATI (FOX19/CNN) -

At some schools across the nation, recess is becoming a thing of the past. Barreling down a slide or reaching high into the sky on a swing is giving way to serious physical education classes.

Gym teachers are giving kids a good workout because of the high rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. Of kids between the ages of 2 and 19, it's estimated that 17 percent are obese.

So the emphasis is changing to individual activities that will get students active and hopefully inspire them to continue their fitness regime on their own: yoga, spinning class, and rock climbing are some examples.

P.E. teachers have a lot of work ahead of them. Only 25 percent of American students met the national fitness recommendations.

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow