The fight against childhood obesity is paved with good intentions. Alarmed by the rising number of overweight children in Colorado public schools, the General Assembly took up a measure in 2011 that would have incorporated physical activity into the daily schedule of elementary schools. As first considered, there were minimum reporting standards that would have, among other measures, correlated between physical activity and academic achievement for each school district. What happened? Actually, not much, according to an I-News examination of the law’s aftermath.
This project was conceived and produced as a project for the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, which is administered by The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
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