EL PASO - A report revealed that 44% of Texas schoolchildren are considered "unfit." That is, they did not pass a test of cardiovascular or aerobic fitness. The test measures the amount of oxygen a person breathes when they have been stressed, which should most accurately represent someone's fitness level.
The numbers are much worse as children age. By high school, only 11% of students can pass this test.
E.P.I.S.D. is working to reverse this trend. They have started special programs to keep students moving during the day, in an effort to match the surgeon general's advised 60 minutes of activity per day. BMI (or Body Mass Index), a measure of obesity, has declined in the E.P.I.S.D., the only large Texas city with a decline.