Legislators Introduce Policy to Boost Daily Physical Activity For Students in Maryland


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A House bill aimed at increasing daily physical activity among elementary school students was introduced to the Maryland legislature, Feb. 4, 2015.

If enacted, elementary school students would receive a total of 150 minutes per week of physical activity, with a minimum of 90 minutes devoted to physical education (PE). According to the bill, the remaining minutes should consist of “developmentally appropriate moderate-to-vigorous,” activities such as recess.

Additionally, the bill would require that all public elementary schools develop a physical activity leadership team who would oversee the planning of activities that would increase the quality and quantity of physical activity.The state board would be responsible for adopting regulations that would facilitate the implementation of this policy

If enacted the new law would take effect on October 1, 2015.

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