Everlast Climbing participated in the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day to voice to legislators the importance of physical education in the state’s fight against childhood obesity.
Approximately 300 advocates participated in the first annual Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day to lobby for physical education, active transportation, and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). Everlast Climbing was especially interested in voicing support for the 2015 PE Bill SF343/HF498 which would strengthen physical education programs by adopting new grade-specific benchmarks, require annual student assessments, and other measures to strengthen physical education in schools.
In attendance from Everlast Climbing was Mertyce Mrvos, Coordinator of Programs and Partnerships. She met with State Representative Rick Hansen, State Representative Joe Atkins, and State Senator James Metzen. “Physical education plays a key role in the health and well being of children,” said Mrvos. “In our meetings, it was clear that the legislators understood this. They were very supportive of legislation to strengthen physical education.”
(Left) Mertyce Mrvos, Coordinator of Programs & Partnerships of Everlast Climbing