On this Thanksgiving Day, it seems like we are evolving into those gluttonous Wall-E humans who can no longer walk or propel themselves. Yet we aren’t quite that bad, when you look at the physical fitness of our local kids.
Based on gym test results released this week, fifth graders from Montclair, Thornhill and Joaquin Miller elementary schools are performing relatively well when compared to their nearby peers. However that’s not a very high bar, looking at the passing percentages below.
How did we do overall? Some 74% of Montclair and 67% of Thornhill kids passed at least five of six fitness criteria, beating county and state results. However only 51% of Joaquin Miller kids passed five or more tests, which falls slightly below the Oakland results.
Interestingly, there’s tremendous variability by individual fitness test. In aerobic capacity, the kids are asked to run a mile – and Montclair/Miller kids far exceeded the average results while Thornhill kids performed at average levels. Yet Thornhill kids showed the best trunk strength and flexibility. It’s hard to say why.
Years ago, I remember suffering through fitness tests that included long rope climbs and many pull-ups. They seemed really hard, but I could run and bike around for hours. While I’m sure our fifth graders are more sedentary than we all were growing up, it’s good to see they are still hanging in there.