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...