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Vermont Fights Childhood Obesity

Group are working to get kids more active at school and fight obesity.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Group are working to get kids more active at school and fight obesity.

The State of Vermont is looking at revising statewide school standards.

Health groups in Vermont say the state should use the chance to tackle childhood obesity. We're told a quarter of Vermont kids are overweight or obese.

The YMCA and other groups came up with ideas to help reduce that number.

"We want children to get at least two days a week of PE and it's 30 minutes of actual physical activity for kids K-2 and 40 minutes for kids 3 through high school," says Ryan Torres, state alliance director, Greater Burlington YMCA.

If you have ideas about how to get kids more active and eat better at school, there are upcoming public hearings in Orleans and Hinesburg.

Orleans: October 17th, 4pm, Lake Region Union High School

Hinesburg: October 21st, 4pm, Champlain Valley Union High School

If you can't attend, you can email jill.remick@state.vt.us


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