Maine School Officials Get Health “Report Card” 

Despite an increasing health epidemic of childhood obesity, many Maine schools do not meet nationally recommended amounts of physical education and physical activity minutes per week.The American Heart Association and the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance want to do something about that.A report card was presented today to hundreds of Maine PE and Health Education teachers at a conference in Rockport.It includes health guidelines, facts on Maine obesity rates, and information on how the state measures up to the rest of the country.Organizers say Maine students usually only get about thirty minutes of physical activity a week in school.Federal guidelines call for about one hundred and eighty minutes per week.The hope is this report will jump start the amount of activity Maine students experience.