Ensuring Fitness Is School Priority

About one-third of Ohio children are overweight, with some so obese their health is at risk, according to several studies. Yet to date, the state has not measured how well public schools are doing in combatting the problem.

That is about to change. Starting this year, “report cards” with data on how individual schools and districts are performing will include information on physical education programs. Just as report cards contain information on how many students are doing well academically, the new data will include their performance in physical education classes.

That is a good thing – providing the reports reflect accurately the physical fitness of students, rather than merely noting how many know the rules to various games. The state’s goal should be to provide fitness data, too.