Only 16 percent of a million Georgia schoolchildren were able to pass five basic tests of physical fitness, and 20 percent were unable to pass any of the tests, the state’s top public health leader said in a speech this week.
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Some 998,774 schoolchildren across the state of Georgia were tested by the Fitnessgram, a series of criterion-referenced physical evaluations. Children were tested in flexibility, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and body mass index. The results:
Aerobic capacity (as tested by a one-mile run or an interval-style run): 37 percent failed to reach the “health fitness zone” or HFZ.
Body Mass Index: (A ratio of height and weight) 43 percent of students were in an undesirable range.
Muscular strength, endurance and flexibility: 45 percent of 9th-graders and 45 percent of 5th-graders failed to attain satisfactory scores in two out of three of these categories.