The American Heart Association applauds the passage of Senate Bill 1876 from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this morning. This bill, authored by Sen. Harry Coates, creates a clear definition for physical education that all schools can follow with uniform minimum standards.
Current statistics show that nearly 10 million children and adolescents ages six to 19 are considered overweight. These young people have substantially greater risks for developing and dying from coronary heart disease in adulthood. In order to improve the health and fitness of Oklahoma’s youth, we must insist that our schools provide quality physical education to all students.
“The quality of PE shouldn’t suffer in some parts of the state and be stronger in others” says Lea May, a member of the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Committee. “All children deserve high quality physical education that will be the foundation for a healthy life.”
Quality PE helps kids develop the skills, behaviors, attitudes and confidence needed to be active for life.