Friday, January 21, 2011

Bill would set physical-activity requirement for children

Getting school children out of their seats and onto the playground and into the gym is the stated goal of a measure introduced in the legislature this week.

House Bill 1069, with bipartisan sponsorship from Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs and Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, would require each Colorado school district to adopt a policy setting aside a minimum of 30 minutes a day dedicated to physical activity for elementary-aged school children.

The bill also specifies that schools which currently exceed the 30-minute requirement cannot reduce their current minutes.

Fields said that Colorado is one of two states, the other being Alaska, that do not have the physical-activity requirement. It’s a distinction Fields hopes the state will leave behind.  More -

Via - Colorado News Agency

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