Poll: Parents want children to have more access to physical education in school

Apr 25, 2011

A new poll finds parents want more physical education in school.  The U of M C-S Mott Children’s Hospital National poll asked parents of 6 to 11 year olds about their children’s access to gym classes and recess.

  A third of parents say their children get too little physical education.  

Sarah Clark is the associate director of the poll. 

  “The parents who are overweight or obese themselves really felt like their kids were not getting what they needed during the school day in terms of physical activity.”  

Clark says the poll’s results should be taken into account by legislators considering deep cuts in education spending.