senate Bill S125

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of education to create a pilot program to improve physical education/physical activity programs in certain schools

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An act directing the commissioner of education to create a pilot
program to improve physical education/physical activity programs in
certain schools; and providing for the repeal of such provision upon
expiration thereof

This bill intends to provide resources for schools to implement. a
physical education program that provides children with the physical
activity needed to maintain a healthy life.

Section 1: This section of the bill sets forth the legislative
reasoning for the establishment of this pilot program.

Section 2: This section of the bill directs the commissioner of
education to establish a physical education pilot program for at least
10 elementary, middle, or high schools with seventy-five percent of
the schools located in NYC, all to be based on select criteria. This
section also establishes the requirements of the contractor.

Section 3: This section of the bill requires funding for the program
to be provided by the Department of Education.

The United States is confronting a devastating obesity epidemic. The
primary causes of childhood obesity - lack of physical activity and
poor diet - continue to permeate youth culture and will compromise the
quality of life and increase health cost s beyond sustainable.

The statistics for adult physical activity and prevalence of disease
are worrisome, especially for New Yorkers. 26.5% of adults in New York
report that they do not engage in any physical activity compared to
the national average of 22%. More than 700,000 New York City residents
have diabetes, most of whom suffer from type 2 diabetes. The medical
cost of treating diabetics in New York City is almost half a billion
dollars a year, while the individual's quality of life and workplace
productivity is severely hampered.

New York State must supply students with the tools to achieve a
healthy life. Currently, 43% of all NYC elementary school students are
overweight or obese. Furthermore, overweight youth 10-15 years old
have an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult. by age 25. At current
rates, Type 2 diabetes is expected to afflict one in three American
children born after 1999.

Physical education in the school proves remarkably successful. While
New York State requires physical fitness education in schools, many
schools have difficulties implementing the requirements due to limited
resources in funding and/or space. For example, student-teacher ratios
for physical education in New York City are an estimated 730 to 1.

This bill intends to assist schools in providing the much needed
exercise our children need to maintain an active and enjoyable life.

S.7252 of 2008 03/24/08 Referred to Education

To be determined by the Commissioner of Education.

This bill shall take effective immediately and shall be repealed on
June 30, 2011.
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