HB11-1069: School Exercise

Grade schoolers play during recess at Hutchinson Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo., on May 24, 2013. A 2011 state law written to incorporate physical activity into the daily schedule of elementary schools to help fight against childhood obesity has had little effect, according to an I-News examination.

A 2011 state law requiring 30 minutes of physical activity a day for elementary students was supposed to mark a new tool in the fight against childhood obesity – but in reality it did little more than reinforce the status quo, an I-News examination found. Continue Reading →

Changing school demographic

Colorado’s public school students have become more Latino and poorer over the past decade, an I-News analysis of Colorado Department of Education data found. Both populations are more susceptible to childhood weight and obesity issues, according to federal data. Continue Reading →

Video: School Exercise

Alarmed by the rising number of overweight children in Colorado public schools, the General Assembly took up a measure in 2011 that would have incorporated physical activity into the daily schedule of elementary schools. Continue Reading →