New Virginia Law Will Regulate Exercise Time for Students

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NBC 29 Staff – CHARLOTTESVILLE (WVIR) - A new law, set to take effect in Virginia in 2018 is supposed to ensure that students are getting the exercise they need to stay healthy.

State legislators passed a law this year requiring schools to make sure that kindergarten through 5th-grade students get at least 20 minutes of exercise daily and at least 150 minutes of exercise per week for sixth through 12th-grade students.

Experts say exercise promotes healthy habits in and out of the classroom.

School Nurse Eileen Gomez says, "Overall, children are turning out with chronic illnesses younger and younger, and they attribute that to a sedentary lifestyle. They found that physical activity actually helps kids pay attention more, it actually improves academic performance."

The centers for disease control recommends kids get at least one hour of physical activity a day.