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MADISON- According to the Associated Press (AP) wire out of Madison, elementary students in the state would be required to have at least thirty minutes of daily physical education under a bill backed by Republican Representative, Chad Weininger of Green Bay.
Weininger was joined by health advocates Monday while he announced his plans to introduce the bill.
The AP stated that the current law requires physical education just three times a week with no specified amount of time. It was in the late 1980s that the daily gym requirement was dropped.
Weininger stated that his bill being presented is based from the national recommendation put forth by the American Cancer Society, the Institutes of Medicine and the American Heart Association.
According to the Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin’s obesity rate ranked 16th highest in the country in 2006.
An alarming number is that one in four Wisconsin high school student is overweight or obese.
Statistics from the DHS show that about 60 percent of obese adolescents will be obese as adults and more than half of those obese children in elementary school will have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.