Georgia to Add 30 Minutes of Physical Activity to Elementary Schools

March 25, 2013
by Brian Toporek
Education Week


Georgia plans to add 30 minutes of physical activity to the school day in all elementary schools, the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Healthannounced last week during a University of Georgia health conference.

Only Mississippi has a worse childhood obesity rate than Georgia, Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald said at the inaugural State of Public Health Conference on March 21. In the state's most recent fitness test, only 16 percent of the roughly one million students tested were able to pass all five components (body-mass index, aerobic capacity, flexibility, push-ups, and curl-ups), while 20 percent couldn't pass even one of the five, according to the commissioner.


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