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volunteering community service helping out doing our part contributions neighbor to neighbor philanthropy good works Good Sports is Well Equipped to Help Young Athletes R O B I N B R E T T W E C H S L E R writer it is recommended that children ages 6−17 exercise for at least an hour every day. Yet according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, only 28 percent of kids aged 6−12 and 19 percent of kids aged 13−17 were involved in consistent physical activity in 2012. A Shape of the Nation report finds only six states require physical education in every grade level K−12. Moreover, the National Institutes of Health reports that 46 percent of U.S. children aged 6−11 don't meet the recommendation of less than two hours of recreational sedentarism. And, when kids don't get enough exercise, they lose out on the immense benefits that being active provides, namely healthy weight, stronger muscles and bones, less stress, increased confi- dence, and improved ability to sleep and learn. It's no surprise that a third of our nation's youth is overweight or obese. Additionally, when kids don't have the chance to play organized sports, they miss opportuni- ties to be part of a team, learn responsibility, and foster friendships. G O R D O N W A L E K 152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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