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Legislation Would Require Schools To Provide Physical Activity

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Health advocates endorsed legislation today that would require public elementary and middle schools to include 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

Baretta Casey treats overweight children at her eastern Kentucky medical practice. She says one prescription to make young bodies leaner and healthier is more exercise. Casey is also president of the Kentucky Medical Association.

State Representative Robin Webb calls the proposal preventive medicine at its finest.

The proposal is a follow-up to legislation passed a couple of years ago that put restrictions on the types of food and drinks sold at school vending machines.

Schools would have the flexibility to tailor their own physical activity programs.

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