Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Council members surprised kids don't take gym in school
From the Daily News:
City Council members Monday grilled the city’s health commissioner over Mayor Bloomberg’s planned supersized-soda ban, with one arguing that restoring cut gym classes would be a better way to combat obesity.
By the city’s estimate, about 40% of public school students are overweight or obese — part of the evidence the Bloomberg administration cites as justification in its latest push to reverse the obesity trend.
Yet as city lawmakers from two committees quizzed city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, Brooklyn Councilman Domenic Recchia said his children don’t get required physical education in city schools.
In fact, when the city controller’s office reviewed 31 elementary schools last year, it found that none offered physical education classes required under state law.
“If obesity is so important, why is gym being cut?” Recchia asked.
Are these people serious? The City Council funds the construction of school extensions which are built on top of schoolyards and knows that gyms are subdivided into classrooms and then they wonder out loud why kids aren't exercising in school? These people are the problem, not the solution.
And check out these same council members stuffing their faces with junk food during a hearing about banning soda...