When you think lobbyist, workout guru Richard Simmons comes to mind, right? Well yesterday Simmons testified before Congress, lobbying for more physical education in the nation's schools. He also found time for some dancing in the streets.
Ditching his patriotic workout outfit for a suit, Simmons told the House Education Committee:
Our children today will not live as long as their parents. What have we done? What have we done to the kids of the United States of America! This is wrong! And I will dedicate the rest of my life! And chairperson George Miller - I just may run for office to help this really get through and not have one kid feel lousy about himself because he can't throw a ball!"
Simmons says that as a fat kid who never took PE, he wants to do what he can to help every child, every day, engage in physical activity. PE may need the help — public school budget cuts often mean PE gets cut, and sixteen-percent of American children are overweight or obese.
While PE funding should be a priority, perhaps schools in a pinch could make healthier lunch menu choices, while leaving the exercise to the parents.