Colorado lawmakers consider requiring more physical activity in schools
DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers are starting work on mandatory recess or physical activity requirements for schools.
The measure approved in committee Monday afternoon requires all elementary school students to receive 30 minutes a day of physical activity. It now goes to a vote in the House.
House Bill 1069 would allow physical education classes to count toward the requirement, but recess couldn’t replace P.E.
Colorado would be joining a growing number of states calling for increased physical activity in schools to address childhood obesity. Nine states and the District of Columbia D.C. enacted such legislation in schools in 2010 alone.
The Colorado version would allow field trips, recess and “fitness breaks” to count toward the requirement.
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