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Lawmaker Defends Effort To Make Phys-Ed Mandatory

Study after study says our kids are, to put it bluntly, too fat.

State Senator Joe Hardy, a physician from Boulder City, has introduced a bill making physical education mandatory for public and private-school children.

The bill would require students get almost four hours of physical activity a week. A similar bill passed the Legislature in Virginia in 2011 but was vetoed by the governor because of the expense.

Hardy told KNPR’s State of Nevada his bill would increase expenses, too. But not doing it, he said, could mean more expense in the long run from medical problems stemming from obesity.


St. Senator Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City 
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St. Senator Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City 

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.