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P.E. getting serious for kids at many schools

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.

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