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Rockingham, NC: Pediatrician seeing more and more kids with ADHD; recommends more P.E. classes

Sept 28, 2017, Rockingham (NC) Your Daily Journal: Schools must get kids moving By Sarah Armstrong, MD http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/76028/schools-must-get-kids-moving As a pediatrician, it is my job to advocate for the health of our children. It is also my job to promote and advocate for evidence-based programs and policies that work. That is why I believe so strongly that we must require high-quality, regular physical education in our North Carolina schools. There are three very clear benefits of physical education for our state’s youth. The second benefit of PE is for children’s behavior. If you walk into any elementary school these days you will see a number of wiggly children struggling to stay in their chairs and to pay attention and stay focused. As a pediatrician, I see more and more children with a diagnosis of ADHD who are getting special accommodations in their classrooms and who are getting medication just to help them get through the school day....