W.Va. Senate wants 30 min of school exercise a day

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate wants to require students to be physically active for at least 30 minutes each school day.

Senate Majority Leader John Unger is carrying a bill that would require a half-hour of moderate physical activity daily amid classes. The bill suggests ideas like walking, jumping rope, playing soccer, lifting weights, or daily activities like taking the stairs or doing yard work.

West Virginia has some of the highest rates of health problems from obesity. Medicaid costs caring for obese children in West Virginia cost $198.1 million in 2013.

The proposal cleared one Senate committee Thursday, though some lawmakers questioned how teachers could find the extra time.

State Board of Education President Gayle Manchin told a panel of senators Friday that the program wouldn’t affect existing classes.

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One Response to W.Va. Senate wants 30 min of school exercise a day

  1. I think this is an operation that is admirable, however, I have a lot of questions concerning it’s implementation. First, will this block of time be a part of some kind of student evaluation? And if so, how will students be evaluated? Will it be funded? I understand the value of such a program, but think that the state board of ed. will have to commit to a program and back the educators who are on the front lines administering it. If this is possible, there is no doubt that students in West Virginia will benefit.

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