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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Senator Wiger Committed to Strengthening Physical Education!

The American Heart Association had another successful meeting with legislators and advocates last night! A strong group of ten advocates met with Senator Chuck Wiger (SD 55) at the Maplewood Library to share their concerns about the decline in physical education programs across the state and its impact on our kids’ health. A group of teachers, parents, doctors and concerned community members shared why phy ed is important to the future of kids’ health—and the health of the state!

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in Minnesota and one surefire way to curb obesity in our kids is to get them more active and teach them the lifelong skills that will keep them active as adults. The American Heart Association is asking the state to enact the statewide standards and graduation requirement for physical education during the 2009 legislative session. Click here to view our fact sheet on this bill.

Senator Wiger echoed his constituents’ concerns and vowed to support the American Heart Association’s legislation as a co-sponsor! Special guest, Representative Leon Lillie (55A), also attended this meeting and shared his support for instilling life-long healthy habits in our children. This meeting demonstrates how influential advocates are when they connect with their legislators. Huge thanks to these wonderful advocates and to Senator Wiger and Rep. Lillie!

Thank Senator Wiger for meeting with AHA advocates and hearing their concerns.

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