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Entries in physical education (23)


IHRSA Letter to Congress Supporting FIT Kids Act  

In a step towards teaching our nation’s youth about the importance of exercise, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) have re-introduced the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids Act) in both the Senate and the House.

FIT Kids would increase opportunities for exercise for children throughout the school day, establish reporting requirements to ensure the quality and quantity of physical education and offer funding to better equip school faculty to promote healthy lifestyles and activity. The bill would also fund a study to examine the impact of health and physical activity on student achievement and effective ways to increase exercise during the school day.

IHRSA, alongside other leading companies in the health and wellness sector, including the American Heart Association and Trust for America’s Health, signed a letter addressed to Congress in support of the FIT Kids Act, asking lawmakers to “make the health of our nation’s children a priority in the 112th Congress by cosponsoring the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act of 2011.”

Read the full letter.

If you are interested in advocating on behalf of FIT Kids, see for materials.



PEP Grants Now Available  

Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state standards for physical activity. Funds may be used to provide equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities. Funds also may support staff and teacher training and education. IHRSA is a strong supporter of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Act.

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Harkin Holds Hearing on Childhood Obesity

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) recently announced his intentions to develop a bipartisan bill aimed at curbing childhood obesity. Harkin held a hearing with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin at which lawmakers agreed on the need for action.

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