Exercise down, fitness up
"There is little evidence to support the view that the fitness levels of school pupils have declined," Pat Squires, senior lecturer in health, told a Science Festival audience. "Yet there is a body of opinion that children's activities levels are low."
Improved fitness could be attributed to better diet, Mr Squires suggested. But there should be no complacency over the reduction in time for physical education in the curriculum. It was equally important to ensure that young people took exercise when they reached adulthood.