ICAAP Supports Physical Education for Chicago Students

Posted on: November 8, 2011

In order to support the inclusion of daily physical education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), ICAAP, along with the Healthy Schools Campaign, the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, and the American Heart Association, has urged CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard to allow the expiration of the waiver that currently exempts the district from the state’s daily physical education law. The full letter to Mr. Brizard is available for download by clicking here.

Currently, many school-age children simply aren’t getting the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, with 20% of children reporting two or fewer bouts of vigorous physical activity per week. Letting the district’s waiver expire would be a strong statement in support of the connection between health and learning and of the community’s role in keeping kids healthy.

UPDATED November 14, 2011

Chicago School Board members have voted to approve continuing the waiver until June 2014. According to a Chicago Sun Times article, CPS CEO “…Brizard said he definitely plans to make PE part of the longer high school day, but needed a waiver until June of 2014 to do so in a ‘thoughtful’ way”.

 

To learn more about ICAAP’s obesity prevention initiatives, contact Mary Elsner at melsner@illinoisaap.com or 312/733-1026, ext 220.