Mar 29, 2011 10:59 PM by Jeannette Hynes

State lawmakers telling schools to play

Colorado lawmakers from the House and Senate have reached an agreement on a bill that would require 30 minutes of exercise in elementary schools every day to help combat childhood obesity.

"It's a shame that there would need to be legislation requiring something that is so valuable and that is so readily available," says Edd Lukens, a father of two elementary-aged children and one preschooler.

Lukens says his children receive plenty of physical activity in school, from recess to P.E. 

The bill says the physical activity can be anything from P.E. to recess to field trips to in-class activities.  Schools would be required to log and report the activity to the Colorado Department of Education.

Colorado Springs School District 11 School Board Vice President Janet Tanner says exercise for children is very important, but she says the legislature shouldn't be mandating schools.

"Certainly, it will be one more layer of work they'll have to do," says Tanner.

Tanner says she'd like to see the teachers and parents working together to help children stay healthy.

The House and Senate have to vote formally on the bill, then it heads to the governor's desk for his signature or veto.


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