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Document Number: 8654

Shape of the Nation Report 2010 - Children need 60 minutes of daily physical activity but only 5 states require physical education for children in every grade. Just three states require that kids get at least 150 minutes of physical education every week in elementary school. Daily recess is only required in nine states. Keeping tabs on all of this is the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Heart Association. The key finding in the report: The majority of states mandate physical education throughout all grade levels, but most do not require a specific amount of instructional time and about half allow exemptions, waivers and/or substitutions. (National Association for Sport and Physical Education, June 2010)...

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