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"We really need to count on our schools as a place where physical activity is treasured and required," Brown said.
Most states require some form of physical education. Eighty-four percent of states require PE for elementary students, up from 70 percent in 2006. That trend continues in higher grades as well: Seventy-six percent of states require it for middle and junior high, up from 65 percent, and 90 percent in high school, up from 83 percent.
Many of those states have gaps when the activity isn't required, however, and only five states require PE consistently from K-12.
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