Let’s Move becomes Let’s Not: only 1 in 4 kids meet fitness recos

When I was growing up it was considered punishment to have to stay in the house. To earn money, we spent our weekends cutting grass and doing yards or washing cars for the folks on the street. As teenage boys we wanted weight sets and would challenge each other in bench press contests — while girls were watching of course.

Are those days long gone, replaced by the stay-inside “tweety” generation? Apparently so.

According to Associated Press via Fox News,

“Only 1 in 4 U.S. kids aged 12 to 15 meet the ‘Lets Move’ recommendations — an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day. The results are based on about 800 kids who self-reported their activity levels and had physical exams as part of the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey. Government researchers won’t call the results disappointing, but lead author Tala Fakhouri of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “There’s always room for improvement.”

You’ll recall Let’s Move was the initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010.

“It’s definitely very concerning to see that our kids are engaging in such a limited amount of physical activity each day when we are still battling” an obesity epidemic, said Dr. Stephen Pont, an Austin, Texas, pediatrician and chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ section on obesity. Data suggest obesity may have decreased slightly among some kids but the overall rate for children aged 2 to 19 is 17 percent, or about 12.5 million obese kids.

We recently posted a commentary on adult obesity and the typical liberal progressive response of it’s not your fault and more regulations will solve it. I can only imagine that somehow this report will lead to more government “mandated” actions for young people.

Perhaps we simply need to be more responsible for our own health, and that of our children. Can it be that the culture of advanced technology has led to a sedentary lifestyle? Do our kids spend more time sitting inside playing Madden football than outside playing pick up or sandlot football?

We need more parents to lead by example and set a model of health and fitness for their children to follow, instead of sitting glued to their own versions of video or digital entertainment. More adults play “fantasy football” than get out and actually play it. More adults sit around playing “Call of Duty” than could ever pass a basic training fitness test.

Any guess what the progressive socialist response will be to the issue of childhood obesity and lack of physical fitness? Not that it’s any of their business.

As a family we went kayaking along a North Palm Beach canal before our week in the mountains of Colorado. I don’t expect my daughters to be Olympic athletes, but won’t allow them to be couch potatoes either.

What happened to the old days of kids never wanting to come inside? How can we restore the sense of pride of being a physically tough American kid? Message to parents, we had better do it ourselves, or else — under the guise of “caring” — there will be government mandated diets and physical training for our kids. I enjoyed my military days of doing PT but it sure is much more fun doing it now when I’m not being told to.


  1. I rather believe that one of the larger issues is that kids and parents don’t normally have much time to spend together, anymore. Ever since WWII, mothers have been at work and children have been, by and large, left to fend for themselves after school. By the time Mom and Dad get home from work, it’s night time. My kids have an X-Box and they would sit and play games on it 24/7 if allowed to do so, but because I take away their battery packs and charger cables for the controllers, and don’t give them back until after 5 PM, (and only after chores and homework are done), they spend quite a bit of time outside. We garden, we go swimming at a local swimming spot, we go for walks early in the morning. You have to make it happen or it won’t.

  2. Moochelle’s hundred acred arse has tripled since she became the ghetto queen of America. she eats BBQ ribs, fried chicken and pizza, while washing it down with soda, champagne and beer. so dont tell me what i can or cant have until you pay for what goes on my table!

  3. How many schools do not have recess anymore, how many schools do not allow tag, to be played on playgrounds etc. When we were kids that 30 min recess was a work out. Plus we had P.E. classes 3 times a week. I do not think many schools have that anymore, no wonder kids are over weight no excercise at all daily,

  4. Get out of our private lives and let us raise our own kids. The law makes physical activity impossible in school, the little darlings might hurt and the schools sued..The parents should be in control of diet and exercise.

  5. Considering the author’s background…and considering health guidelines as well…this has to be more than just a bit alarming, because obesity is by far the most preventable health problem. Would I apply military guidelines to schools? Probably not, but there needs to be better PE in schools. After all, physical fitness does matter and it does cause many other problems for America in many ways.

  6. Bored, disgruntled or restless, Mom’s solution was always “shut off that TV RIGHT NOW and get outside and play!” Rain or shine..Now fast forward to today’s kids; cell phones glued to their ears, their fingers busy texting messages and minds stuck on stupid. And then there’s the ones sporting beards riding skateboards…I don’t get it. Are they boys or are they men? Beards on skateboards…that’s the mentality we’re dealing with. As for Mooches Let’s Move…wish she meant “MOVE” as in OUT of the White House.

  7. When I was in middle and high school we were required to participate in one hour of phys ed…that meant dressing out and running for one hour playing field hockey, basket ball, gymnastics etc….by the time my daughter reached the 7th grade “dressing out” wasn’t happening and the ones who refused to participate were told to “walk” around the football field in order to get a passing grade. Even that bare minimum was just too much for one of my kids who refused to do anything but sit in the gym dressing room exercising her mouth with her “friends”. When I arrived at the school one day to find out why there was an “F” on her report card I was taken to the dressing room. When I asked why they weren’t requiring participation the teachers said, “well we cant make them”. I told my daughter to get dressed on her own or I would help her. The teachers told me I was not allowed to physically make her dress out. I told them to either call the cops or leave the room cause my kid was going to dress and and get on the track. They left. She dressed out. She walked the rest of the year but I had to take matters into my own hands and I guess I’m just lucky they left instead of calling the cops.


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