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Should Colleges Have A Physical Activity Requirement?17:30
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A runner makes her way along a path next to the Charles River Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)
A runner makes her way along a path next to the Charles River Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)
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Most kids in and around Boston are back in school now. On top of math, English and social studies, they might be running laps, playing dodge ball or a team sport.

But once they get to college, most students wave goodbye to that physical education requirement. In fact, these days, less than 40 percent of four-year higher ed schools require physical education or exercise.

But in a recent Harvard Magazine article, biological sciences professor Dan Lieberman urges bringing back that physical activity requirement.

We also check in with Carey Goldberg on WBUR's 21-day podcast, "The Magic Pill."

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Dan Lieberman, professor of biological sciences at Harvard, he's author of the book "The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease."

Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's 21-day podcast, "The Magic Pill" and editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog, which tweets @commonhealth.

This segment aired on September 8, 2016.

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