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Bill aims to bolster physical activity in students

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Lawmakers want students to get out and move.

They're considering a measure that would create a new commission meant to come up with ways to increase physical activity in schools.

"They should be active," said Jose Marrero, a parent. "Playing basketball, football, baseball, whatever sport they like.”

Lawmakers planned on voting on the proposal Monday.

They said it was part of a wider state effort to battle childhood obesity.

Parents called it a solid idea, but were quick to point out what children are eating. They said exercise isn't the only weapon in the fight.

"Lots of fruits, choose better foods as snack," said Roxanne Laprise, a parent. "A lot of it is the parents.”

The Connecticut Commission on Children said that childhood obesity is starting early and has been steady in the state.

According to a study by the Department of Public Health, one in six kindergartners is overweight and one in seven are obese.

That's what has parents agreeing with lawmakers on a change of policy.

"I think it's a great idea," Laprise said. "But I think they need to focus on the school lunches, especially elementary school.”

"They should do what they got to do and help these kids out because they need the help," Marrero said.

Lawmakers would submit the proposal by February of next year.

Other parents think a lot is being done at school to keep kids fit regardless of any new proposal.

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