Bill Requiring Physical Activity In Schools Passes Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Reading, writing and jumping jacks could all be a daily routine for Kentucky schoolchildren.

The legislation unanimously sailed through the Kentucky Senate yesterday and now heads to the House. The bill would make make physical activity a requirement for public elementary and middle schools.

Bill's sponsor Senator Katie Stine says Kentuckians spend more than a billion dollars a year on medical expenses resulting from obesity.

Stine says Kentuckians cannot ignore the growing obesity epidemic.

The proposal follows legislation passed two years ago that put restrictions on the types of food and drinks sold at Kentucky schools to promote healthy eating and curb childhood obesity.

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