|Posted:||January 23, 2017 12:35 PM|
|From:||Representative Tim Briggs|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Act|
|In the near future, I plan to re-introduce the Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Act. This legislation (HB 885 of last session) will require that school districts develop, expand or improve a comprehensive school physical activity program that must include at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity for every child every regular school day.
To help combat the childhood obesity epidemic, our children need to be more physically active. Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" initiative cited that the current generation of children spend 7 ½ hours on average watching television, playing video games, or on the computer – per day. In contrast, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommend that children and adolescents get 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
This legislation is based on proposed regulations drafted by the State Board of Education, who consulted with multiple stakeholder groups in the process and made revisions based on their comments and concerns. The regulations had been presented to various House and Senate committees in past years, but the adoption of the regulations has not occurred.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as HB1146