Mt. Blue Middle School Student Testifies at State House on Physical Activity
May 5, 2009
Front Row From Left: Representative Lance Harvell, Jessica Lawson, HCC Intern, Nicole Ditata, HCC Program Coordinator, Sarita Crandall, Mt Blue Middle School 7th grader. Back Row Representative Jared Crockett, Senator Walter Gooley, Representative Tom Saviello
Crandall testified that she strongly believes that students should receive 150 minutes per week of physical education in order to help students develop an active and physically fit lifestyle. She also said that she knew a boy who can’t jump or run well and having more physical education will help him to improve these skills.
In October, Crandall had an opportunity to participate in the Healthy Community Coalition Youth Summit at Franklin Memorial Hospital. At this time she learned about Maine’s legislative process, how to write testimony and the importance of sharing her opinion with others. Nicole Ditata shared that Crandall showed a strong interest in testifying on the physical activity bill and when the opportunity arose Crandall was very willing to speak out.
In all, eight people testified in support of LD 1407 and one opposed. A work session has not yet been scheduled for this bill.
This information is provided compliments of the Healthy Community Coalition (HCC). HCC is a Healthy Maine Partnership, an affiliate of the Franklin Community Health Network. Want to know more? Call 779-2932 or toll free at 1-800-525-3136.
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