Bill Would Mandate School Time for Student Physical Activity

Originally published Jan. 31, 2019 by the Associated Press in WBOC.com, US News & World Reports and Education Week. The Education Week link requires a subscription.

By DAVID JAHNG, Capital News Service

Legislation that would require 150 minutes of physical activity, including 90 minutes of physical education, a week for elementary school students in Maryland was heard by the House Ways and Means committee on Thursday.

The Student Health and Fitness Act requires schools to create a physical leadership activity team to fill the remaining 60 minutes with “moderate to vigorous” activity. Read More

One Hour of Exercise for Smarter, Healthier Iowa Kids

Originally published April 16, 2018 in the Public News Service.

By Roz Brown, Public News Service, Iowa

The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of daily physical activity for school-aged children. But most Iowa kids aren’t meeting that goal.

That one hour of activity is known to help keep weight off and improve kids’ mental and emotional health – which in turn can improve academic performance. But Iowa schools don’t require recess periods, where kids might get that exercise.  Read More