EL CAJON (CNS) - More than half of fifth- seventh- and ninth-grade students in San Diego County were deemed healthy, based on the results of their physical fitness tests, state education officials announced Wednesday.
Statewide, only 31 percent of students passed all six areas of the tests, the officials said at a news conference at Grossmont High School.
The testing examined aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk-extension strength, upper-body strength and flexibility. Students around San Diego generally scored three or four percentage points higher than their counterparts statewide.
At least 66 percent of San Diego-area students performed well in all areas except body composition -- the percentage of body fat.
About 55 percent of local fifth graders, 59 percent of seventh graders and 63 percent of ninth graders passed the body composition test. Results were similar for students in the region's largest district, the San Diego Unified School District.
Statewide, 34 percent of fifth graders, 30 percent of seventh graders and 25 percent of ninth graders statewide were considered to be at high risk in the body composition test.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and former NBA star Bill Walton encouraged schools to get involved in the Team California for Healthy Kids campaign.
"Today's results are clear -- when only 31 percent of children are physically fit, that's a public health challenge we can't wait to address," Torlakson said. "That's where our Team California for Healthy Kids campaign can make a world of difference, by helping make healthy choices the easy choices, at school and beyond."
Torlakson, a former high school cross-country coach, launched the campaign to get athletes, community leaders, public health advocates, parents, teachers, and students to help youngsters increase physical activity, and improve access to fresh fruit, vegetables and drinking water.
A man who fell off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and was never seen resurfacing remained missing Monday morning after a nightlong search by U.S. Coast Guard personnel, authorities said.
Hundreds of Helix High School students staged a walk- out Monday morning to protest police brutality after video emerged over the weekend on social media showing a La Mesa police officer on campus slamming a teenage girl to the ground.
The amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland will arrive Monday to make Naval Base San Diego its new home port.
Following rain and snow Friday evening and a weekend of cooler weather across San Diego County, a slight warming trend is expected to begin Monday and continue through at least the middle of the week.
A local war hero is about to be laid to rest. Retired Navy Captain James "Duffy" Hutton spent years of his service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before he settled down here in San Diego.
Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.