Twitter/@BradPaisleyWhen country singer Brad Paisley takes the stage tonight at the University of Nebraska, he’ll be paying tribute to late Huskers punter Sam Foltz.Paisley announced on his Twitter he is dedicating tonight’s show to Sam Foltz, and inscribed the punter’s initials and No. 27 on his hat.Ok @huskers: Today and this show is for Sam Foltz. pic.twitter.com/hcVfffVrHr— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) October 13, 2016Paisley’s gesture is just the latest in a long line of tributes for Foltz, who was tragically killed in a car crash over the summer.Even Nebraska opponents have gotten in on the act.Paisley will play at Nebraska tonight and Kansas tomorrow. He also has a show booked at UCLA on Oct. 21.
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“Whereas at one time afternoon breaks were a daily experience for nearly all primary school children, now they are increasingly a thing of the past,” he said. “Not only are break times an opportunity for children to get physical exercise – an issue of particular concern given the rise in obesity – but they provide valuable time to make friends and to develop important social skills, experiences that are not necessarily learned or taught in formal lessons.”Dr Baines said that the decline in lunch breaks is of “particular concern”, adding that children now “barely have enough time to queue up and to eat their lunch” let alone have time for anything else. School playtime is becoming a thing of the past for a generation of children, a new report has found. Just one per cent of secondary schools now have afternoon breaks compared to 41 per cent almost three decades ago, according to study by University College London’s Institute of Education.Researchers examined how school breaks and children’s social lives have changed over time by comparing data from over 1,000 primary and secondary schools in 2017, 2006 and 1995.There has been a “marked reduction” in the total amount of break time children are allowed, with 11 to 16-year-olds now having 65 minutes per week less than they did a quarter of a century ago.It comes amid rising concern about childhood obesity levels, with more than 22,000 out of 556,000 of children in Year 6 classed as severely obese.Anti-obesity campaigners have described the report’s findings as “woeful”, saying that ministers must intervene and set guidelines for schools on break times. The length of the school day has remained more or less the same over the past 25 years but break times are being “squeezed” out, according to Dr Ed Baines, one of the report’s authors, with potentially “serious implications” for children’s well-being and development. The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, also found that there has been a “marked increase” in the average numbers of adults supervising at breaktimes in primary and secondary schools since 1995.Tam Fry, chair of the national obesity forum, said he is “horrified” by the report’s findings.“We believe that primary and secondary schools should be making sure that school children have one hour every day,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“It is totally meaningless to say we will do nothing, children can do it in their own time. It is just woeful that we have taken this very uninspiring attitude towards physical activity.”“It is up to the Government to set the rules and the guidelines which all school should be following. If you leave it to the schools they are so stretched and overworked it will fall by the wayside.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The government has given all schools the autonomy to make decisions about the structure and duration of their school day. “However, we are clear that pupils should be given an appropriate break and we expect school leaders to make sure this happens. “We recognise the importance of physical activity in schools to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.” The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines state that primary age children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, the spokesman said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In 1995, just a third of secondary schools (30 per cent) reported lunch breaks of less than 55 minutes, but now this has risen to 82 per cent. Meanwhile, a quarter of secondary schools reported lunchtimes of 35 minutes or less.The average secondary school pupil had 76 minutes of break time a day in 1995. That fell to 69 minutes in 2006 and just 63 minutes in 2017. The trend is mirrored in primary schools, where pupils aged five to seven had 94 minutes of break time a day in 1995, which dropped to 91 in 2006 and to 85 in 2017. For youngsters aged seven to 11, break time dropped from an average of 83 minutes a day in 1995 to 77 in 2006 and 75 in 2017. Dr Baines said that the decline in lunch breaks is of “particular concern”