Virginia’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have required 150 minutes of physical activity per week at elementary and middle schools, handing a victory to school officials who complained that the measure would cost millions to staff, lengthen the school day, and take away from arts education. “While I strongly agree that we must encourage exercise and physical activity, I oppose unfunded mandates, whether they come from Washington or Richmond,” said GOP Gov. Robert McDonnell.
“In the fight against childhood obesity”—a cause promoted McDonnell’s wife—“and preventable disease, we all have a role to play. Government cannot just pass legislation and make this problem go away.” Some 31% of Virginians between 10 and 17 years old are overweight or obese, the Washington Post notes. Currently, fewer than 10% of the state's elementary schools offer kids 150 minutes of weekly exercise; the largest school district requires 60 minutes for elementary schoolers. State lawmakers probably won’t overturn the veto, but a sponsor said he’d likely reintroduce the bill next year.