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Chicago Public Schools' wellness policy recommends that schools provide 90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. That includes recess, P.E. class and classroom physical activity.


One hour to move

by Laurel White
Mar 5, 2013


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Obama announced Let’s Move! Active Schools on Thursday. The program aims for students to get 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day.

Chicago students spend 35 hours a week at school. For some, only one of those hours, on one day a week, is dedicated to unshackling themselves from their desks and getting some physical activity. Getting more time for P.E. is a challenge for P.E. teachers across the city -- it's such a clear challenge that one nonprofit, Girls in the Game, exists to provide outside-of-school options for kids willing to seek out and schedule time for being active. This is all happening in Michelle Obama's hometown, where she stopped by last week to announce an expansion of her national Let's Move program.