JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new study finds that older schoolchildren are less physically fit than younger schoolchildren in Mississippi.
Though there's no national benchmark, the study also finds that Mississippi students are less fit than in several other states.
Researchers are also questioning the effectiveness of school-level health councils, which are supposed to guide health and wellness. They find most councils don't include all representatives mandated by law, and suggest the state consider district-level councils, as required by federal law.
The findings are part of the effort to track results of 2007's Mississippi Healthy Students Act, a law meant to promote nutrition, exercise and health education. State leaders hope the law will help fight obesity in Mississippi, which translates into poor health and early death for many residents.