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Wisconsin lawmaker wants more physical activity in schools

Published On: Sep 30 2013 10:59:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 30 2013 11:01:41 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, WI -

A Wisconsin Lawmaker wants our younger students to be more active during the school day.

Green Bay Republican Rep. Chad Weininger is drafting a bill to add 30 to 45 minutes of physical activity for kids in elementary school and middle school who are not enrolled in physical education.

Right now, elementary school children are required to have it three times a week, and 7th and 8th graders only once a week.

A La Crosse educator says it's a shame that it's come to a mandate to get kids active, but thinks it's the right step to take. "I think it's great. I think the more active you can get kids, there have been studies that healthy, active kids tend to score better in the classroom on tests and assessments," said Lincoln Middle School P.E. and Health Curriculum Supervisor Eric Check.

Rep. Weininger hopes to have the bill ready for next school year.

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