Senator Udall Welcomes Dr. Oz’s endorsement of PHYSICAL Act, Promoting Health and Physical Education in Schools

Posted 06/12/2014 | By HealthCorps

On May 14th, Senator Tom Udall warmly welcomed an endorsement from Dr. Mehmet Oz, of his legislation aimed at increasing “access of effective health and physical education (PE) programs in schools across the country.” Udall’s legislation, called the PHYSICAL Act, also asks communities in New Mexico to share stories of how they are encouraging a sharing and exchange of innovative ideas among different school districts, to help implement better health practices and more PE time.

It’s no news that PE time has been targeted and either scaled back or completely cut in most schools nationwide. The Promoting Health for Youth Skills in Classrooms and Life (PHYSICAL Act) would identify subjects that promote health as “eligible for Title I and II funding, using already existing funds to promote and expand health and PE in schools nationwide.” Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (Ohio – 11) has also introduced a House companion bill H.R.2160.

Dr. Oz was quoted in Senator Udall’s press release, “The PHYSICAL Act is an important first step toward ensuring that health education and physical education are a part of every student’s school day,” Dr. Oz said. “I applaud Senator Tom Udall and Representative Marcia Fudge for introducing it, and their colleagues that have supported the legislation. I hope others will join them and push until we see bill’s language included in federal education law. The childhood obesity epidemic is real, and schools deserve the necessary tools to combat it.”

Senator Udall acknowledged the importance of Dr. Oz’s endorsement. To quote the Senator, “As one of America’s most trusted health experts, he (Dr. Oz) understands the importance of physical activity and health education resources in helping students lead healthier lives and reach their full potential. I thank Dr. Oz for his support and look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to make sure the PHYSICAL Act is included in any debate about the future of our country’s education policies.”

To read the full press release, click here

To see a full copy of S. 392, the PHYSICAL Act, click here

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