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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) is pleased to announce that today she introduced legislation to strengthen physical and health education for America’s children. The Promoting Health as Youth Skills in Classroom and Life (PHYSICAL) Act is co-sponsored by Reps. John Lewis (GA-5) and Jared Polis (CO-2). This measure would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) to elevate physical and health education to “core subjects” under federal Law.  Subjects that are not considered “core” under the current education law are frequently marginalized due to lack of funding or administrative priority.

The PHYSICAL Act ensures that elementary and secondary schools have the option to use Title I and Title II funds for physical and health education programs and teacher professional development.  It is endorsed by more than 80 national organizations including the Ohio Public Health Association.

“Promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging fitness are so important for our children’s development and reducing the nation’s epidemic of childhood obesity. Many school districts, however, are forced to curtail or eliminate physical education and health classes due to lack of resources.  The PHYSICAL Act gives our schools the flexibility they need to give physical education the attention it deserves in promoting our children’s well-being,” said Congresswoman Fudge.

Click here for a copy of the PHYSICAL Act.