Tell Virginia Governor: Children Need More Physical Activity
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Tell Virginia Governor: Children Need More Physical Activity

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Are multiplication tables more important than our children's health? Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell seems to think so. He recently vetoed a bill that would have required all elementary and middle school students in Virginia to participate in 150 minutes of physical activity a week, in addition to recess.

The bill passed 37-2 in the Senate and 55-40 in the House, but Governor McDonnell had the final say. His concerns about funding simply point to a lack of political will to prioritize children's health. Further concerns about more P.E. impeding academic performance are unfounded, as countless studies have proven that physical activity actually boosts classroom performance.

Please join us in encouraging McDonnell to increase access to physical activity for Virginia's children. Learn more at Huffington Post.

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    • Laura Roth ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      Governor McDonnell,

      As one of your constituents, I am saddened by this. More activity for our children is a necessity - both for the health benefits (physical AND mental), and for the increased academic performance that is shown to come from a combination of physical activity and academics. With the populace as a whole concerned about our nation's place in the world economy, I'm upset each time I hear that people are in favor of negatively impacting the well being and learning ability of our nation's children - little people who will hopefully grow to be the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs, people responsible for keeping our economy vibrant and globally relevant. If you don't trust articles in the news media about the importance of movement and play, at least read Spark, by John Ratey.


    • Betty Trivers CLEVELAND,, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      We talk about the need to cut down obesity. We talk about the need to cut down on violence. The answer is the playground. Children get the much need physical activity they need. During that time they learn to neogotiate and figure out problems they may encounter. Its called conflict resolution. You see the playground is an important extension of the classroom and is needed just as much as the formal classroom setting. It's like the old saying, "Äll work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." I believe there is truth in that statement.


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