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Posted: Sunday, May 6, 2012 10:56 pm

Letter to the Editor

May 4, 2012

To the editor:

I recently read an article on your site, “Fairbanks school district eyes cuts to physical education staff,” and I am saddened to hear that the Fairbanks School District is considering cuts to one of the most critical components of a child’s education.

With childhood obesity on the rise, especially in Alaska, physical education is more important than it’s ever been, and we need more of it rather than less. I credit physical education class with instilling in me the importance of staying physically fit and active every day. It also taught me skills that have helped me develop into an Olympic-caliber athlete.

With adult obesity rates tripling in Alaska since 1990, surely teaching children healthy habits that can positively affect them for the rest of their lives has incredible value. I believe that if we focus on developing healthy habits with the children now, we can reverse this negative trend.

While budget cuts are never easy, I urge the Fairbanks district to find a creative solution to keep physical education as a top priority.

Kikkan Randall

Three-time Olympian

Anchorage

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