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This Urban Girl Was Active

Posted by joyinhome on December 12, 2008

I just received a blast about research conducted by Harris Interactive which said that girls in urban neighborhoods are less physically active than boys or their suburban counterparts.
Results showed that girls who attended urban schools rarely participated in physical education courses or team sports, and by their junior and seniors years, 84 percent said they didn’t participate in gym.

What it did not mention is the “why.” Could the reason be that many public schools today do not have gym class? At least not until you enter high school and sometimes only through teams? It does however cite CDC stats about non-white, childhood obesity.


As a non-white, urban girl who particiated in gym class (I attended private school) and on sports teams, I am more than annoyed by the implication.


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