Fitness test results mixed for Sacramento County students; opponents decry ‘fat letters’
Superstar Darey Art Alade hosted the exclusive launch event while guests present included Segun Awolowo, Bassey Albert, Commissioner for Finance Akwa Ibom State Toni Kan, Ireti Doyle, Abisoye Fagade, Howie T, Zaina, His Royal Highness Saw Owa the Owa Lobbo of Obbo-Ayegunle, and many others. Speaking at the event, Ladi Okunneye, Managing Director 03B Networks Ltd. noted the top-notch facilities available at the center, confirming theres no where like this currently in Lagos. During the official opening, the Managing Director, Bodyline Fitness & Gym, Mr. Bankole Opashi reiterated the importance of the Lagos outlet to the Bodyline brand.
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The number of such high-risk students in the county rose slightly, going from 27.5 percent to 27.7 percent. Individual school districts notify parents of their kids performance by letter documents that have become known among opponents as fat letters because they identify the body mass index of each pupil. One such letter, provided to the media by the National Eating Disorders Association, was delivered to the household of an unidentified 12-year-old girl in seventh grade. She was rated in the Healthy Fitness Zone in every category but two: aerobic (ability to run one mile) and body mass index; for those she was graded needs improvement health risk. Experts at the association said they fear the letters may trigger behaviors such as skipping meals, vomiting or taking laxatives. Research shows that 81 percent of 10-year-olds say they are afraid of being fat. Many young people are already the target of bullying at school, and this additional focus on weight and size only adds fuel to the fire, said Lynn Grefe, president of the group, a nonprofit that supports people with eating disorders and their families.
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California schools’ fitness tests: About one-third of students met the goals
To help them succeed in school and in life, California’s young people need more access to physical activity, fresh, healthy food, and clean water.” For example, to meet aerobic goals, a 5-foot-6-inch, 150-pound ninth-grade boy must run a mile within 9 minutes, do at least 16 push-ups and 24 sit-ups. Scores for fifth-graders inched upward slightly from 25.4 percent reaching the goal in 2012 to 25.5 percent in 2013. Seventh-grade scores also rose, from 31.9 percent in 2012 to 32.4 percent, while ninth-grade scores stayed the same at 36.5 percent meeting goals in all categories. The state labels students who score poorly in aerobic capacity and body composition as “Needs improvement — high risk.” About 34 percent of Insanity Workout Review fifth-graders, 30 percent of seventh-graders and 26 percent of ninth-graders fell into this category in body composition, indicating their fitness levels are not sufficient for good health. Fitness results varied in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Fifth-graders scored above statewide averages for meeting goals in all six areas in the East Bay, while seventh-graders in Alameda County met the state average and those in Contra Costa County scored just below it.
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