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Kids need physical education – even when they can’t get it at school

<span class="caption">Strong PE programs encourage students to remain physically active for life.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ben-mcdowell-right-and-nuir-habeb-left-join-fellow-students-news-photo/672087026" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kathryn Scott/The Denver Post via Getty Images">Kathryn Scott/The Denver Post via Getty Images</a></span>
Strong PE programs encourage students to remain physically active for life. Kathryn Scott/The Denver Post via Getty Images

When I noticed my 12-year-old son was spending about seven hours a day doing his school work online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I immediately became concerned. As a researcher who focuses on how to get kids to be more physically active, I knew my son and his classmates were spending too much time sedentary.

Being physically active is good for everyone’s physical and mental health, including children of all ages and abilities.

Kids who are more physically active tend to get

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