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Wednesday
Jan112012

IHRSA Supports ESEA Legislation 

IHRSA was one of 70 organizations to sign a letter urging Senators Tom Harkin and Mike Enzi to support the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESAE) of 2011, which would support quality physical education and nutrition education in our nation’s schools. These programs help provide a sound foundation for the development of healthy and productive adults.

“It is critical that our educational institutions support and encourage activities and curricular instruction that allow students to be physically active and obtain the knowledge and skills they will need to enjoy a lifetime of good health,” says the letter. “Furthermore, research has found a strong correlation between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and higher academic performance.”

Read the letter (PDF).

Last Friday, the House introduced two education bills that together, serve as the House version of ESAE, however, there is no mention of physical education or physical activity in either bill. IHRSA will alert members to all updates. 

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