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An Education Bill Without Physical Education? No Way!

by Katheryn T. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

You’re not going to believe this!  The U.S. House of Representatives passed its big education bill this month… but do you know what’s missing from it?  Physical education!

With one in three children overweight or obese in the U.S. and only 3.8% of elementary, 7.9% of middle, and 2.1% of high schools providing daily physical education (PE), it’s clear there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.  And we need your help to tell our nation’s decision makers to step-up!

Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act today.

The FIT Kids Act would help improve the quality and quantity of PE kids receive during the school day by:

  • helping schools implement programs to support evidenced-based PE, fitness, and nutrition,
  • supporting professional development for health and PE teachers,
  • ensuring parents are informed about and involved in school wellness efforts, and
  • assisting schools to provide equal physical activity opportunities for students with disabilities.

Six Members of Congress have already stepped forward in support of the FIT Kids Act, which means there are 529 legislators that still need to hear from their constituents (aka: YOU!) about the bill.  Please take two minutes to send an email right now… we even got it started for you.

Physically active kids are healthier, learn more effectively, achieve more academically, and have fewer behavioral problems.  So, it’s a no-brainer that physical education must be part of a well-rounded education for today’s kids.

We’ll keep you updated on Congress’ work to pass a final education bill- and the progress we’re making on the FIT Kids Act.

Thank you for exercising your voice!

PS - We need advocates in every state contacting their Members of Congress about FIT Kids. Help us get the word out by sharing this call-to-action on Facebook or Twitter.

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Comments (2)

  • So important!  Have already shared to Facebook to urge my friends to support.

    — Keltcie D.

  • As an educator, I think this is bizzare!!! Children need PE for various reasons and taking it away will do nothing but harm the children!!

    — Brandi M.

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