Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Pancrazi named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by education organization

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma (District 24) has been named Legislator of the Year by an educational organization.

Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance selected Pancrazi for her commitment to keeping children healthy and active and her support of an education bill that requires school boards to consider providing at least 30 total minutes of recess each day grades K-5.

“The Recess Bill is a great start to educating the whole child,” said Vicky Bonavito, the organization’s president-elect. “We are also honored by the effort that Rep. Pancrazi has exhibited throughout the years as to the importance of PE in the academic day.”

The organization’s mission is to promote healthful lifestyles through quality education for populations and provide leadership to school, community and statewide programs in the areas of health, physical education, recreation, dance and other movement-related programs.

“I am so honored and thankful to AzAHPERD and I’m pleased to be able to work with them to make sure Arizona kids are getting the physical education they need so they can be healthy Arizonans,” Pancrazi said. “As a former sports coach, I know the importance of exercise for children at a time when the obesity rate in our country is overwhelming. Teaching children the health benefits of exercise is key to their physical future.”

For more information about the organization, go to www.azahperd.org.
Attached photo: Kathy Dean, current president of the Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, presents the Legislator of the Year Award to Rep. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma (District 24).
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