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Oklahoma City Public Schools looks to update wellness policy

The Oklahoma City School Board is considering changes to the district wellness policy.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: March 13, 2013

The new policy could start changing the culture of schools, Chernicky said. Chernicky said she'd like to see classroom teachers incorporate movement into lesson planning. Students need breaks to stretch and move.

“You know what it's like to sit in a meeting for two hours and not be able to get up,” she said.

Chernicky said students need more after-school options, such as archery, golf or walking and running clubs. Lifestyle sports — tennis, dancing, swimming, cycling — can go on into adulthood.

“Physical activity doesn't just mean P.E. class for an hour a day,” Chernicky said.

Taking seat time from other classes can be tricky, Oklahoma City Superintendent Karl Springer said.

“One of the unintended consequences of the more focused testing accountability has been reducing the amount of time kids get to play and have physical education,” Springer said.

A solution, he said, could be to extend the school day.

While the proposed policy doesn't cover everything, it's a step in the right direction to battle childhood obesity and unhealthy habits, Springer said.