BILL NUMBER: ACR 31	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	RESOLUTION CHAPTER  93
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  JULY 11, 2003
	ADOPTED IN SENATE  JULY 7, 2003
	ADOPTED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 15, 2003

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Montanez and Wesson
   (Coauthors:  Assembly Members Cohn, Nunez, and Yee)
   (Coauthor: Senator Kuehl)

                        FEBRUARY 14, 2003

   Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 31--Relative to pupil fitness.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   ACR 31, Montanez.  Education:  physical fitness.
   This measure would express the Legislature's recognition that
California schools have an obligation to provide physical education
to their pupils, and would urge California schools to comply with
those obligations.  The measure, in addition, would make several
related legislative declarations.




   WHEREAS, There has been a dramatic increase in overweight and
unfit California children during the last 20 years; and
   WHEREAS, Overweight children face an increased risk of health
problems, including, but not limited to, Type 2 diabetes, high blood
pressure, high blood lipids, asthma, sleep apnea, chronic hypoxemia,
early maturation, and orthopedic problems; and
   WHEREAS, Overweight children are similarly faced with many
psychological problems, including, but not limited to, low
self-esteem, poor body image, and depression; and
   WHEREAS, Overweight children are likely to become overweight
adults, and are thus likely to suffer from illness during their
adulthood; and
   WHEREAS, The problem of overweight children results in an enormous
financial burden on California as significant medical and financial
resources are expended in treating overweight youth and adults; and
   WHEREAS, Physical fitness plays a key role in keeping children
healthy by reducing their risk of becoming obese and suffering from
related diseases; and
   WHEREAS, The Legislature recognizes that California schools play a
pivotal role in keeping children fit by complying with physical
fitness requirements; and
   WHEREAS, Many California schools have failed to comply with
existing physical education requirements, thus exacerbating the
problem of overweight children; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the importance of
physical education in maintaining healthy children, and urges
California schools to fulfill their physical education obligations;
and be it further
   Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
this resolution to the Governor and to the State Department of
Education and that the State Department of Education disseminate this
resolution to the governing board of each school district.