New PE mea­sures help im­prove stu­dents’ health

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Na­tional sur­veys show that the over­all health — in­clud­ing stamina, strength and aer­o­bic ca­pac­ity — of pri­mary and se­condary stu­dents has started to im­prove fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of mea­sures to en­hance phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion said.

The min­istry an­a­lyzed data on 123,000 stu­dents aged be­tween 7 and 18 in 2013 and 150,500 in the same age group in 2012. The re­sults show that av­er­age car­diopul­monary func­tion, low­er­limb strength and stamina have im­proved since 2005.

The obe­sity growth rate among stu­dents aged from 7 to 18, which rose steadily from 1985 to 2012, be­gan to slow in 2013.

The lat­est PE ini­tia­tive will see the cre­ation of a soc­cer league sys­tem that within three years will in­volve 20,000 schools. (Photo 4)

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