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FIT Kids Introduced in the Senate, IHRSA Signs Letter of Support

Senator Tom Harkin reintroduced the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids (FIT Kids) Act last week, following the May 23 introduction of the House version. FIT Kids would enhance physical education in America’s schools by adding more activity throughout the school day and funding measures needed to improve PE programs, and get teachers and parents more involved in students’ physical education. IHRSA has co-signed a letter (spearheaded by the American Heart Association) to Congress asking them to support the bill.

Childhood obesity is a serious problem. About 1 in 3 school-aged children are overweight or obese, which puts them at high risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many other chronic diseases. Increasing physical activity a critical component of reducing childhood obesity, yet many schools are cutting back on physical education programs. Only 3.8% of elementary, 7.9% of middle, and 2.1% of high schools provide daily physical education. 22% of schools do not require physical education at all.

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