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Durkin: cutting phys ed classes not the best decision 

Over the past decade there have been many budget cuts made in schools across the country. And, usually physical education is one of the first things to go. 

Is that really the smartest option? 

Helen Durkin, IHRSA's executive vice president of Public Policy, wrote in The Hill's Congress Blog, that those decisions certainly are not the best for this country and youths' health. She explains that physical activity, "directly reduces long-term risk of heart failure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, several cancers and obesity - and at the same time enhances fitness, cognitive function, self-esteem, teamwork, and overall good health." 

A bill was recently introduced in Congress that could take physical education off the chopping block: The Promoting Health as Youth Skills in Classrooms and Life (PHYSICAL) Act. 

For the entire column by Durkin, click here.

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