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Health Officials Push Physical Education in Schools
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) --
Iowa health officials are pushing for kids to get more physical education in schools.
A new report from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows 27% of children in the state are overweight or obese.
At the same time, previous studies found only about 4% of elementary schools in Iowa provide daily physical education.
Doctors recommend elementary students get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week (30 minutes per day) to prevent risk factors for heart disease, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.