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Public hearing on K-5th grade physical education requirement Wednesday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A public hearing will be held Wednesday on a bill to make Wisconsin kindergarten through 5th graders get at least 30 minutes a day of physical education.

The Assembly's Children and Families committee will take testimony on the proposal from Green Bay Republican Chad Weininger. It comes after we learned that one of every four Wisconsin children are obese or overweight.

Almost a dozen lawmakers from both parties have signed onto the bill. A number of health-related groups support it, including the state's Public Health Association and the American Cancer Society.

Wisconsin has not had a daily physical education requirement for its public schools since the late 1980's. Kids are now required to get phy-ed three times a week, and the time requirements are not specified.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)