Democratic leader seeks healthier Alabama children

January 3, 2008
by Phillip Rawls
Associated Press

House Majority Leader Ken Guin has shaved his head to motivate himself to shave some inches off his waist and to encourage Alabama school children to do the same. Guin, D-Carbon Hill, has developed adult-onset, or type II, diabetes. When the Legislature convenes Feb. 5, he will sponsor legislation to require more physical education throughout public schools. Elementary schools will go from 150 minutes per week to 200 minutes. High school students will have to take P.E. every year instead of just one year. In the Trust for America's Health study released in August, Alabamians ranked third worst in obesity, with 29.4 percent of the residents rated obese. The state also ranked fifth worst for physical inactivity, with 29.5 percent saying they'd rather sit around than jump around.

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