Are today's children fit and active?
Richard Larouche is a Doctoral student in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. His article, in the latest issue of Education and Health, asks the question, "Are today's children fit and active?" Twenty two years ago, Armstrong (1989) reported that "Children are fit, but not active!" He described the physical activity level of over 300 British youths aged 11 to 15 years old, as measured by heart rate monitors. The participants were as fit as the first children that were tested in laboratory settings 50 years before. Could such a statement still be tenable in 2011?