After a major Florida school district outside of Tampa adopted NFL quarterback Tom Brady’s physical education curriculum TB12, educators are wondering if the program is helping students, or if it’s just a game for future merchandising. “Some of these things aren’t rooted in good science,” Mike Fantigrassi of the National Academy of Sports Medicine told the Associated Press. While some students seemed to refocus on health under Brady’s program, critics argue that aspects of TB12 conflict with pseudoscience, including avoiding foods like peppers, tomatoes and eggplant because of scientifically unfounded claims about inflammation. And while TB12 pays part of the Pinellas County bill to participate in the program, adults pay $200 per hour for a TB12 personal training session. “I’m just a little alarmed that a school district as big as this would seize this celebrity program,” Terri Drain, a former president of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, told the AP.
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