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Proposal Would Raise Physical Education Requirement, Educators Fear Cutting into Academics

Last week, we reported on a state lawmaker in Wisconsin trying to pass legislation that would require 30-45 minutes of physical activity during the school day for students not enrolled in a gym class. Now, Rep. Chad Weininger’s effort is getting pushback from school administration officials who say incorporating more physical activity into the day would force them to “re-evaluate instructional time.” Officials do support Rep. Weininger’s idea, but like most schools, are grappling with how to fit it all in.

The debate prompts consideration of outside facilities—i.e. health clubs—to help fill in the void left by cuts to P.E. and recess. Perhaps to the surprise of some, the health club market is already serving millions of American children. The dearth of opportunities for exercise in school could be a great opportunity for health clubs to grow their business, appealing to both children and their parents.

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