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July 22, 1944

PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAMA REPORT OF MEDICAL AND DENTAL EXAMINATIONS OF 5,620 SENIOR AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

JAMA. 1944;125(12):828-831. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850300008002
Abstract

Even in matters as vital as health it would seem that it takes a war to do a job that could have been done well years ago. It has always been difficult to have acceptable school health examinations made and harder still to have the defects found corrected. The task of getting these defects corrected is usually left to the school physicians and nurses. In time of war, however, with every one wanting to do "his bit," latent ability and help can be called on both to make the examinations and to assist with the efforts of having corrections made.

When the United States Office of Education proposed the High School Victory Corps Physical Fitness Program in January 1943, Cincinnati joined with other cities in the nation and put into effect this war emergency program. It was pointed out at that time that there were 28,000 high schools and 6

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