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Bill would require more exercise for Wisconsin school kids

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin school youngsters would spend more exercising under a bill proposed by an Assembly Republican. 

Chad Weininger of Green Bay says it's unfortunate that so many kids are obese.

State statistics show that 1 of every 4 high school students is overweight or obese. To change that, Weininger says he wants to require 30 to 45 minutes of exercise per day for kindergarteners through 8th graders when they don't have gym classes. 

Right now, 6th graders and younger generally have gym class three days a week. 7th and 8th graders have one day of phy-ed per week. 

Weininger says current gym class requirements are not working anymore. He says parents are working longer days -- and instead of playing pickup basketball, kids head home to snacks and TV.

Weininger says he'll wait to introduce his legislation, to make sure schools have enough flexibility to prevent from interfering with academic requirements.