News from KaBOOM play/playground nonprofitMay 27, 2010
Ohio Obesity Prevention law (school nutrition, BMI screening, exercise, recess)June 8, 2010
States Requiring PE, but Amount Varies
More states are requiring physical education in schools, but few set a specific amount
The Associated Press By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON June 2, 2010 (AP)
More states are requiring physical education for elementary, middle and high school students, though few require kids to exercise for a specific amount of time. A report released Tuesday by the American Heart Association and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education said exercise for schoolchildren is also threatened by a rising number of waivers and exemptions from PE in school districts around the country. Nancy Brown, CEO of the heart association, said the group is pleased that more states are requiring physical education but is also concerned that the requirements don’t have more teeth. “We are concerned that the movement has not been more significant,” she said. “It’s more of a sporadic approach.” Brown said she hopes an increased national focus on health and nutrition will push schools to require more time in the gym with a qualified instructor. The groups recommend 150 minutes a week of instructed physical education for elementary schoolchildren and 225 minutes a week for middle and high school students.
Only a handful of states meet those goals’¦ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=10802852