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PHYSICAL Act introduced in Congress

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) has introduced legislation that elevates P.E. and health education as “core subjects” in federal education law. Classifying these subjects as core subjects, the Promoting Health as Youth Skills in Classroom and Life (PHYSICAL) Act, gives schools the option of using greater funding for related programs and professional development for teachers. 

“Over recent decades, time devoted to physical and health education has greatly diminished - and even been eliminated - in too many of our schools. With child obesity on the rise and the health of our children often declining, we must get our children moving again. That begins with access to physical activities and healthy behaviors in our schools,” Udall said in a press release. 

Numerous scientific studies have shown that students benefit on many levels from their participation in physical and health education activities. They improve student attendance, participation and enthusiasm for academic subjects, and reduce misbehavior and discipline problems. In addition, effective school health education reduces health risks for students, and helps them develop healthy habits for life.

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