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To support and encourage the health and well-being of elementary school and secondary school students by enhancing school physical education and health education. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Aug 30, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Aug 12, 2011

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A BILL

To support and encourage the health and well-being of elementary school and secondary school students by enhancing school physical education and health education.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Promoting Health as Youth Skills In Classrooms And Life Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. (2) Researchers estimate that the medical costs of the obesity epidemic in the United States may total $270,000,000,000 annually. (3) More than one-third of children and adolescents are estimated to be overweight or obese. (4) Of all United States deaths from major chronic disease, 23 percent are linked to sedentary lifestyles that now begin at childhood. (5) Overweight adolescents have a 70- to 80-percent chance of becoming overweight adults, increasing their risk for chronic disease, disability, and death. (6) Studies show that children born today, for the first time in 2 centuries, have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. (7) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2006-- (A) 1 in 5 students in grades 9-12 seriously considers suicide; (B) 1 in 3 12th graders, 1 in 4 10th graders, and 1 in 10 8th graders binge drink; and (C) 1 in 10 children suffer mental illness causing some level of impairment. (8) Studies show that-- (A) students who receive social-psychological support and prevention...

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Promoting Health as Youth Skills In Classrooms And Life Act (H.R. 2816) (see 111th S. 3683), introduced by Representative Fudge (D-OH) would amend the Department of Education Organization Act to establish an Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the Department of Education to assume the responsibilities of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and expand such responsibilities to broader health and physical education issues. The bill would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to include health education and physical education in the definition of "core academic subjects." The bill would require each state to determine the most feasible measure for assessing students in health education and physical education, including through adaptive assessments, to measure student knowledge and performance against state standards. The bill would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to, and enter into contracts with, local educational agencies (LEAs), community-based organizations, and nonprofit organizations to initiate, expand, and improve health education programs for students in kindergarten through grade 12, especially in rural areas. The bill authorizes appropriations for FY2012-FY2016 for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, which provides matching grants to LEAs and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs (including after-school programs) for students in kindergarten through grade 12. [The companion bill is S.392 by Senator Udall (D-NM).] http://www.nea.org/home/13274.htm

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Bill Summary

To support and encourage the health and well-being of elementary school and secondary school students by enhancing school physical education and health education.

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