Bronx schools will soon require students to meet new fitness standards

In an effort to tackle childhood obesity, Bronx schools will soon require students to meet new fitness standards. In addition to the regular academic report card, parents will now receive a fitness gram as well. Students at schools such as P.S./M.S. 279 in Tremont will be tested based on weight, strength, flexibility and endurance. Each week, physical education teachers will work sit-ups, push-ups, jogging and stretching into their class. The fitness report will show parents what progress has been made and where kids need improvement. Educators will target areas with the highest obesity rates first. Next year, half of city elementary schools will have fitness gram reports. The following year, every city student should get a fitness gram report.

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