To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve standards for physical 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 ``Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act'' or the ``FIT Kids Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings: (1) Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. (2) Obesity-related diseases cost the United States economy more than $117,000,000,000 every year. (3) The prevalence of overweight children between the ages of 6 and 11 years increased from 4.0 percent in 1971-1974 to 17.5 percent in 2001-2004, and the prevalence of overweight adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 years increased from 6.1 percent to 17.0 percent. (4) More than 9,000,000 children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 19 years are considered overweight on the basis of being in the 95th percentile or higher of BMI values in the 2000 CDC growth chart for the United States. (5) If children do not become more active and healthy, one- third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. (6) Of all United States deaths from major chronic disease, 23 percent are linked to sedentary lifestyles that now begin at childhood. (7) Adolescents who are overweight have a 70-80 percent chance of becoming overweight adults, increasing their risk for chronic disease,...