- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A new audit has found that the vast majority of public schools in Massachusetts are complying with state regulations regarding school nutrition, physical education and measuring student body mass index.

Monday’s report from state Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office, however, found some schools failed to report the body mass information to the state Department of Public Health or adopt policies for administering the tests, which measure body fat based on height and weight.

The audit concluded that the health department is properly administering $22 million in federal funds intended to combat childhood obesity

The audit also recommends lawmakers consider requiring 30 minutes of physical activity per school day for elementary-school students and 45 minutes for middle- and high-school students.

In Massachusetts, nearly 11 percent of children under 18 are considered obese.


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