Delgado law pushes for children’s physical fitness

Delgado08414State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) aims to prevent childhood obesity with a new law that was signed by the governor today. House Bill 5397 requires the State Board of Education to implement a physical fitness assessment for grades 3-12.

“Learning to stay healthy is just as important as reading and writing,” Delgado said. “Obesity causes many health issues and we don’t want that hindering our children’s success.”

Delgado’s legislation establishes a task force that is required to submit recommendations for implementation of a physical fitness assessment, which would be used by the state’s education agency to adopt rules. Public schools would begin to use a physical fitness assessment in the 2016-17 school year.

Delgado was the lead sponsor of the legislation in the Senate.

Sen. William Delgado

delgado-hs 2nd District

Years served:
1999 - 2006 (House); 2006 - 2016 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Human Services; Education (Chairperson); Committee of the Whole. (99th G.A.)

Biography: Full-time state legislator; born in Newark, N.J.; B.A. in criminal justice from Northeastern University; Leadership Chairman of the 2nd Legislative District's Volunteer Political Organization; married (wife, Iris), has two children.