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Bill orders exercise at schools

BISMARCK (AP) -- School exercise is a good idea, but education officials say it may be tough to require every North Dakota student to get some every day.

The North Dakota Senate's Education Committee is considering a bill sponsored by New Rockford Sen. Joan Heckaman.

It requires schools to offer 15 minutes of both morning and afternoon exercise for elementary school students every day. In high school, students would have to exercise at least 30 minutes a day for at least three days a week.

Health Department administrator Deanna Askew said the bill could promote the value of exercise and fight obesity among young people.

North Dakota School Boards Association spokeswoman Bev Nielson says the state should not mandate when schools provide time for students to move around. She said it could lengthen the school days.