It’s the last couple days of the scheduled legislative session and there is yet another, last minute attempt to reduce Physical Education (P.E.) in schools. House Floor Amendment 1 to House Bill 1259 would eliminate the daily P.E. requirement for Illinois students and reduce the amount of P.E. to only 3 days a week.
At a time when obesity rates are increasing, kids need more P.E., not less. One in three children in Illinois is overweight or obese, with an even higher rate for Hispanic and African-American children. Physical inactivity puts children at risk of obesity and chronic diseases. P.E. is critical to helping kids meet the National Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day.
Not only does P.E. help kids stay active, but it provides the education needed to develop lifelong skills and knowledge in fitness and health. Plus, we know improving physical fitness can help improve test scores and in-class behavior, making P.E. a win-win for health and academic achievement!
Thank you for your support. We will keep you updated on this bill and the issue as it develops.