UPDATE: Bill would require 30 minutes of daily gym class

UPDATED Wednesday, January 29, 2014 --- 7:55 p.m.

A new bill being introduced at the Capitol is hoping to get kids more active at school.
The "Get Youth Moving,"or GYM Act would boost physical education requirements in our state's elementary schools to 30 minutes daily.
Currently, Wisconsin requires elementary students to have physical education only three times a week for no specified time period.
"We're actually allowing the same flexibility under the current standards where it actually doesn't require a Physical Education teacher to teach the class," said Representative Chad Weininger of Green Bay.
One in four of our state's adolescents is overweight or obese. Wisconsin's obesity rate has more than doubled since 1990.

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UPDATED Monday, December 9, 2013 --- 12:31 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Elementary school students in Wisconsin would have at least half an hour of daily physical education under a bill backed by Republican Rep. Chad Weininger, of Green Bay.

Weininger was joined by health advocates Monday in announcing his plans to introduce the bill.

Current law requires physical education three times a week for an unspecified amount of time. The daily gym class requirement was dropped in the late 1980s.

Weininger says his bill is based on national recommendations by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Institutes of Medicine.

Data from the state Department of Health Services shows that one in four Wisconsin adolescents are overweight or obese.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, September 26, 2013 --- 7:23 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Green Bay legislator is drafting a bill that would raise physical education requirements for younger Wisconsin students.

The legislation in the works by Republican Rep. Chad Weininger would add 30 to 45 minutes of physical activity for kindergarten through eighth grade if students are not enrolled in a gym class.

Currently, kindergarten through sixth-grade students have physical education classes three times a week. Seventh- and eighth-graders have class once a week.

Weininger says society has changed and the current requirement isn't working. He cites the state Department of Health Services statistic which says one in four Wisconsin high school students is overweight or obese.

Weininger tells the State Journal he hopes to have the bill ready in time for next school year.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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