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Should schools require more phys ed?

One out of every three North Carolina teens is overweight or obese. Not helping the problem - diminishing physical education requirements.

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Gym class teaches life lessons
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

My daughter will head to kindergarten this fall. And when I toured her school, I popped in briefly to a gym class.

The kids were throwing "snowballs" at each other in a game that looked a lot like dodgeball. They were having a great time, jumping and running. I was glad to hear that elementary school kids in Wake County get some form of physical activity every day.

But as the kids grow older, the amount of required physical activity in school grows less and less. By high school, only one year is required, divided between the gym and the classroom.

And this comes at a time when one out of every three North Carolina teenagers is overweight or obese.

Renee Chou will have a special report on WRAL-TV looking at an effort that's headed to the legislature to get teens to take more phys ed. Tune in at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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