News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

Greater Akron Chamber

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Ohio House is considering revising liability laws so schools can host community workouts
Health advocacy groups want school playgrounds and gymnasiums to be open to the public
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


Reporter
Andy Chow
 
Mary Chace, professor at Wright State University, says school gymnasiums can be especially important to preserving children’s health during the winter months.
Courtesy of Creative Commons: USAG-Humphreys
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Health advocacy groups say they're looking at every option when it comes to promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, they’re now asking for a change in Ohio law to bring more activity to school playgrounds and gymnasiums.
LISTEN: Health advocacy groups want to extend the availability of school playgrounds and gyms

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:59)


LISTEN: Health advocacy groups want to extend the availability of school playgrounds and gyms abbreviated version

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:52)


More than 17 percent of children in Ohio were obese, according to a 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jim Bischoff is chairman for the American Heart Association’s Ohio chapter. He urges the importance of changing this trend

early-on in order to promote a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.

“We have way too many children who are overweight. And I think the most startling fact is that given the way the health of children is going for early onset diabetes,the kids aren’t going to live as long as their parents are, and I don’t believe that’s the kind of legacy that we want.”

In order to avoid such a legacy, Bischoff believes kids and families need to become more active. He says the state can help by expanding access to areas that promote physical activity. That’s why the American Heart Association is working with state lawmakers to revise liability laws on school grounds.

Greater access to gyms and playgrounds 
Bischoff says there are way too many schools around the state that close off their playgrounds and gymnasiums to the public in fear of being liable for any problems that might occur.

“Some schools have felt threatened that if there was an accident and they didn’t have appropriate supervision. ... So rather than open it up and make themselves legally vulnerable in any way in a sense of protecting the taxpayers, they’ve chosen to just not open the facility.”

Encouraging access to these spaces means the school districts can enter into agreements with community organizations and businesses to hold events and workout classes.

Critical during winter months 
Dr. Mary Chace is a professor of public health education at Wright State University. She adds school gymns can be especially important to preserving children’s health during the cold winter months.

“Here in Ohio, we do have poor weather and we do have part of our year (in which it's) just very difficult to exercise outside. So we’d like to open the doors to more possibilities especially for those schools in those areas that don’t have a lot of community spaces for children to be active.”

Strengthen relationship between school and community 
Chace believes that will help schools on several levels in the long run. She says a partnership could generate money for the district and could also boost relationships in the community that make voters see school levies differently. Chace says this effort has proven to be successful in other parts of the country.

“We have seen research in other states where several years after schools start opening their doors, we do see more physical activity happening especially in certain populations – especially Hispanic populations, African American populations – that’re already going to and from the school. They’re comfortable with it. So we have seen in other states that it’s very effective.”

The bill to revise liability laws for schools has passed out of committee and now awaits a vote on the House floor.

Listener Comments:

On Wednesday night (5/14/2014), the Ohio House voted to pass HB 290, the Shared Use bill. The final vote was 89-0. Now, it will move to the Senate.

To learn more on how you can support this issue, please visit: http://openthedoorsforhealth.wordpress.com/support-our-campaign/


Posted by: Heather Vilvens (Wilmington, OH) on May 19, 2014 11:05AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

School children in Bath produce a seed-to-table garlic feast
Super article. What a great idea to educate in sustainable farming! Garlic is so healthy as well. My Grandson Sam Mathews is in grade 4, and he looks like he ...

There's no off-season for the Cleveland International Film Festival
I would like to see "The Murders of Brandywine Theater" filmed by local Larry Longstreth shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival!

Study shows raising the cigarette tax a dollar could raise $342 million
So, it takes an expert to tell us raising the tobacco tax raises the revenue for the state? Doh. By the way, any one who was going to quit smoking probably alre...

Akron's Highland Square celebrates community spirit and public art
Both Donna and her husband, Joseph are both such amazing art talents! The photos look stunning! I must get down to Angel Falls for an in-person look. I just l...

Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University