"When done correctly, exercise produces a joy that enhances quality of life at any age"
A few years ago, as I began research for a book on fitness for children, I contacted several friends at CDC who were knowledgeable in that area. From the beginning, they suggested that I pursue the link between physical activity and academic performance. With their help I discovered a treasure trove of findings that resulted in a new title for my book: Fit Kids -- Smarter Kids.
Today's kids are under a serious health threat and yet many parents and teachers are letting them slide into ripe conditions for degenerative diseases. Many are blaming junk food and the fast food industry for this trend. But the research shows that kids today are not eating significantly more calories than kids 30 years ago. Today's kids just aren't burning nearly the calories of their counterparts, three decades ago.