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Task Force Created to Pump Up Physical Education in Illinois Schools
Holly Weller teaches P.E. at Pawnee Grade School, but she also teaches something else.
days we're teaching students about cardio fitness, flexibility, endurance, agility
...all different aspects...we're also working on team building skills, cross
curricular activities...we're providing more of a well-rounded physical education
program so students learn better," said Weller.
That's why she's in full support of Governor Quinn's new "Enhance Physical Education Task Force". It's a group that will access the existing physical education standards and identify local, state and federal resources for schools.
Senator Linda Holmes (D), a key sponsor of the bill says, "the Task Force is imperative because the rate of obesity has had such a detrimental effect on not only the health of our children, but their future. Statistics show children are not likely to live longer than their parents...and to me, that's frightening."
Speaking of frightening... A new report called "F--As in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" looks at how states measure up. In Illinois--20 percent of children are obese. Studies show a link between physical activity and the ability to concentrate.
"They're going to look into how physical activity
increases cognitive ability...they're also looking into the standard of programs today
and how to improve it to help the health of children in the state of Illinois, said Weller.
Holly hopes the Task Force takes immediate action.
"I'd like for them to come out to the schools and actually evaluate the program...just to stay on top of it and show how important it is."
Senator Holmes hopes this is just the beginning. She'd like to see the Task Force find a way to motivate kids to be more active and for adults to follow suit at home.