As you may know, every six years a Course of Study Committee in Alabama is expected to meet and draft guidance regarding physical education.
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Committee members represent geographic and demographic areas of the state to cover Congressional Districts, the eight Alabama Board of Education districts, higher education, etc. View the list of members at altoday.com.
Their draft report is expected to be released at the end of August or early September 2018 with a 30-day, open period for public comment. The American Heart Association will review the report and follow up with You're the Cure advocates if there's a need to participate in the public comment period. Examples of what we will look for include:
- Promoting efforts within the school environment that will lead to increased physical activity and healthy eating.
- Requiring that quality health education is provided to all students as an integral part of K-12 education.
- Requiring physical activity, in addition to physical education, be incorporated into the school day.
- Requiring nutrition policies that are consistent with the beverage, snack and reimbursable meal guidelines for the Healthy Schools Program.
- Supporting the creation and/or strengthening of school health councils, Coordinated School Health programs and wellness policies.
Final report adoption by the Alabama Board of Education is expected by March 2019. Stay tuned!
Julie Howell, Grassroots Director, also contributed to the article.