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Monday, March 1, 2010

Hearing on PE Bill Set for March 2nd and March 3rd!

The Smart & Healthy Kids bill (HF 3115/SF2753) will make Minnesota a better place for our kids to live and grow. The Smart & Healthy Kids bill be heard in both the House and Senate Tuesday, March 2nd and Wednesday, March 3rd of this week!

The House K-12 Education Policy committee will hear our bill Tuesday, March 2nd at 8:30-10:00AM Basement Hearing room of the State Office Building. The Senate E-12 Education Budget and Policy Committee on Wednesday, March 3rd 8:30-11:30AM in room 112 of the Capitol Building.

Two things you can do this week to help address childhood obesity, make Minnesota a healthier place for kids to grow up and increase their academic performance:
1. Attend one or both of these hearings! We want legislators to know that NOW is the time to pass the Smart & Healthy Kids bill. Please contact Melissa Horn if you plan to attend the hearing at
2. Follow the link below to contact your legislator today to let them know you support the Smart & Healthy Kids bill and believe that it is an important step forward in tackling childhood obesity in Minnesota.

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Smart & Healthy Kids Bill

The bill includes: -Statewide PE standards that will be phased in by school districts as they do their curriculum review;
-Posting already required wellness policies on school district web sites to promote local discussion about achieving these plans;
-Direction to MN Dept. of Ed. to develop quality recess guidelines that schools may adopt;
-Direction to MN Dept. of Ed. to begin tracking the amount and quality of PE offered in the schools;
-The creation of a Healthy Kids Awards program that would encourage schools to help their kids get the recommended 60 minutes/day of physical activity and recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Smart & Healthy Kids Bill

Thank you for your help on this important health issue.

*Don't Forget to Register for our Minnesota Heart on the Hill Event at the Capitol at

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