Gov. Sonny Perdue will sign a bill today requiring all Georgia public school students to take an annual fitness test.
The backers of HB 229 say the new state law will combat childhood obesity.
School systems will conduct an annual fitness test on students beginning with the 2011-12 school year. Students who meet “fitness benchmarks” will get rewarded, but kids who miss the mark won’t get punished.
Similar bills have been introduced to the Legislature these past few years before backers finally succeeded with this one.
Do you think this test will actually help curb obesity in kids?
If not, why are schools being asked to solve this problem? Schools can change their menus and offer kids healthier meals while they’re on campus. But is it a school’s job to teach healthy living?