Local Researchers Discover Use for PE Classes

A purpose for elementary school PE classes beyond dodgeball-related trauma and providing employment to sadistic instructors who unironically wear tracksuits was announced this month by researchers at U.C. San Francisco and U.C. Berkeley.

A study published in this month's edition of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine finds that children from low-income communities who regularly attend PE classes have a lower body mass index and greater cardiovascular fitness than their more sedentary peers.

The analysis of 9,268 seventh- and ninth-grade students at 19 high schools in low-income communities found the following:

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