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By 2011, Colorado elementary schools were required to provide students with at least 600 minutes of physical activity a month.
According to one study, providing daily physical education classes would increase moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) levels by 23 minutes a day.
The study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that classroom activity breaks provided an average of 19 minutes of MVPA and that active commuting provided 16 minutes of MVPA. Park renovations provided children with an extra 12 minutes of MVPA.
Although, limited data exists on whether school districts are complying with this policy, according to this EdNews Colorado article, schools like Red Hawk elementary school have started making positive changes.
Kyle Legleiter, a public policy officer for the Colorado Health Foundation, believes that laws like the one requiring 600 minutes of physical activity a month for kids, encourage schools to find creative ways to incorporate physical activity into the academic schedules of children.
Although, Colorado sports lower obesity rates than most other states, in this article, Angela Blackwell of PolicyLink mentions that obesity rates among black and Latino children are still surprisingly high in Colorado.
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