Colorado House Gives Final OK To School Exercise Bill

DENVER (AP) – A proposal to require 30 minutes of daily physical activity for Colorado elementary students is headed to the governor.

The House gave final approval Tuesday to a measure directing school districts to make sure students are getting daily exercise. That can include recess, physical education classes, or field trips.

It wasn’t immediately known whether Gov. John Hickenlooper would sign House Bill 1069.

Supporters of the bill say students need time to exercise during school to combat rising obesity rates. Several states have implemented similar legislation in recent years.

House lawmakers approved the bill after removing language senators included about hyperactive boys. The language said that requiring more physical activity might prevent them from being wrongly diagnosed with attention deficit problems.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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