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Green Bay lawmaker wants more physical education in elementary schools

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay lawmaker is introducing a bill that would require at least 30 minutes of gym class for Wisconsin elementary school students.

Representative Chad Weininger, a Republican, was joined by health advocates during his announcement in Green Bay Monday.

 

Weininger says the bill is based on recommendations from several national groups, including the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Currently, Wisconsin requires elementary grade students to have physical education three times a week with no specified time period.

"The current standards aren't working, there is a growing obesity problem, there is a fiscal component to this that we need to address," says Weininger. "And I think this bill starts the platform to allow those discussions to happen in Madison."

 

A report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows one in four adolescents in the state are obese or overweight.

"Wisconsin clearly needs to do more to combat childhood obesity and strengthening the physical education requirements is a critical component to reaching that goal," said Allison Miller, Wisconsin government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. "We're excited about Rep. Weininger's willingness to tackle this important issue and make meaningful progress toward a healthier future."

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