An Act Relative to Health Kids, filed by Representative Jeffrey Sánchez and Senator Thomas McGee, was reported favorably this week out of the Joint Committee on Education. This legislation restores physical education as a required subject for all students in public schools and charter schools within the Commonwealth.
Childhood Obesity and diabetes are growing epidemics that result from a lack of physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle. The Healthy Kids Act aims to address the decline of physical education programs by ensuring that quality physical education and activity is provided. “Assessing our current policies and programs around physical education is necessary if we are to reduce this growing public health concern,” said Representative Sánchez.
By ensuring that physical education is a state requirement, schools can take preventative measures in promoting healthier behaviors among students and sustain an environment conducive to learning. Through expanded policies and practices around education and physical activity, greater awareness can be generated among young people and institutions across the Commonwealth on the importance of remaining active and healthy.