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PE essential to student health

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

What is the sense for students to leave school with nine to 12 CSEC subjects and fall prey to lifestyle diseases by their 40s? What sense does this make for the nation?

We had less need for physical education (PE) than this sedentary, fast-food, social-media generation. We walked from the Spanish Town railway station and Brunswick Avenue to St Jago High on Monk Street. Then we ran 800m at the start of our PE sessions.

I read with interest about St Ninians Primary School in Stirling, Scotland, where students have been required to walk or run a mile each day for the past four years. The students return to class more alert. Several schools in Britain have adopted the scheme, 30 in Stirling alone.

Researchers from Stirling University have undertaken a study of St Ninians to determine whether the daily mile should be adopted nationwide. What I can say is that 10 per cent of four and five-year-olds in Scotland start school obese. There is no obese child at St Ninians.

Schools cannot turn a blind eye to lack of exercise and poor diet.

NORMAN W.M. THOMPSON

norman.thompson@ncu.edu.jm

Northern Caribbean University