Maine Senate Considers Exercise Requirement

10:08 AM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A bill intended to prevent obesity among Maine schoolchildren is up for debate in the state Senate.

The bill on Wednesday's agenda would require students from kindergarten to grade five to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity at school. Teachers could restrict a student's participation in physical activity it presents a danger to the student or others.

The state Education Department took a neutral stand on the bill during a hearing last month.

The Maine School Nutrition Association supported it, saying the focus of obesity prevention so far has been food, and the bill starts to address the role of physical activity as well.

The Maine School Superintendents Association, speaking neither for nor against the bill, is concerned it puts another mandate on schools.

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