AAP: Recess Should be Required

Created: 12/31/2012 7:50 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

The American Academy of Pediatrics put out a statement saying recess should be required in schools.

It says kids need a break to play during the day – and not just for exercise. The AAP says recess also provides children with cognitive, emotional and social benefits. Plus, recess can benefit kids when they grow up.

“Children who are physically active are much more likely to maintain those activities as an adult,” says Dr. Susan Joy of Cleveland Clinic. “And one of the biggest risk factors for adult obesity is childhood obesity, so if we don't do something to change the way children think about how important it is to stay active, we're going to be in trouble in the next several decades."

AAP also says children should never be punished by taking recess away.