Instead of playing volleyball or soccer, students at Chicago-area middle schools work out at school fitness centers, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago-area middle schools are establishing fitness centers, complete with youth-size cardiovascular equipment and weights. Physical education classes focus on wellness and healthy living as opposed to how many chin-ups a kid can do.
In Naperville, only 3 percent of ninth graders are overweight or obese, compared to 35 percent of high school students nationwide.
According to the story, my old junior high, Edgewood, which required girls to wear bloomers for PE, now has a fitness center; so does Highland Park High, which made me play field hockey.