- Tests show just 31 per cent of state’s students are physically fit
- Education department says results present ‘tremendous challenge’
- Second year in a row Californian youngsters have scored poorly for fitness
By Sam Adams
PUBLISHED: 04:57 EST, 16 November 2012 | UPDATED: 04:57 EST, 16 November 2012
Nearly two thirds of children living in California are physically unfit, according to worrying new test results.
Just 31 per cent of more than a million school pupils assessed by the state’s education department were ranked in the ‘healthy zone.’
The shocking figures present California with a ‘tremendous health challenge’ the department’s head, Tom Torlakson has warned.
The tests involved 1.3 million fifth, seventh and ninth-grade students from across the state.
This is the second year in a row that youngsters in California have received poor fitness results in the tests. Fitness levels in the state had previously been found to be improving.
‘When we can call fewer than one out of three of our kids physically fit, we know we have a tremendous public health challenge on our hands,’ Mr Torlakson, told the Los Angeles Times.
Mr Torlakson warned that their is a ‘very clear link between physical fitness and academic achievement.’
He said California’s children should be given ‘more opportunities for exercise, along with better access to healthy foods and clean, fresh water,’ according to the Times.
The state’s education department is trying to promote healthy options for youngster’s in Californian in schools.