A recent Internet MSN poll posed this question: Should an hour of exercise be required every day in U.S. schools? Remarkably, 88% of 379,091 responders voted yes, that obesity is epidemic; 8% voted no because it detracts from learning; 1% responded that it depends on the state; and 3% weren't sure. The Institute of Medicine (www.today.com/health/bring-back-pe-exercise-should-be-core-class.com) recommends that an hour of exercise every day be a "core" class for kids. This committee of experts reported that children who exercise show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized tests than children who are less active. Implementation of an hour of exercise every day would draw attention to this problem and would allow schools to spend money to implement such a program.