Student Well-Being

Ill. Enacts Law to Bolster Physical Education in Schools

By Bryan Toporek — August 27, 2012 1 min read

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law that calls for the creation of an “Enhance Physical Education Task Force,” in an effort to improve the state’s physical education offerings.

The law requires the newly created task force to make recommendations to the governor on how to update the state’s phys. ed. standards, based on research linking physical activity and learning, by Aug. 31, 2013.

“This law helps us take a serious look at the positive impact PE has on students,” said the law’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Linda Holmes, in a statement. “It benefits them both physically and mentally. Studies show that physical activity increases the ability to concentrate and improves cognitive function. There is a connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind.”

A study published online in January in the

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.