Richard Simmons: Amend NCLB to Encourage Physical Education

April 28, 2008

by Rochelle Davis, HSC Founding Executive Director

Fitness Guru Richard Simmons has been hitting the talk shows
in a build-up to support American Heart Association’s national lobby days to
promote the FIT Kids Act.

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, one of the unintended
and dangerous consequences of No Child Left Behind has been a dramatic decrease
in physical education and the time that children have to be physically active
at school.  The FIT Kids Act would enable schools to prioritize PE
along with other subjects.

Take
a look at this clip
from MyFox New York where Simmons says that the intent of NCLB was
to make sure our children have a well-rounded education, but the result is that
they are now “well-rounded” themselves. Click
here
to learn more about the FIT Kids Act.