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Ohio House OKs Bill for Healthier School Food

A bill to attack childhood obesity by requiring healthier options in school cafeterias has advanced in the Ohio Legislature.

By a 77-21 vote, the Ohio House on Wednesday approved legislation which also would have schools do body-mass-index screenings on students.

But, as the Ohio Senate did earlier, the House dropped a mandate that schools provide students at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Groups representing teachers and school boards had complained that districts could not afford to implement that proposal.

The House bill allows districts that want to provide the exercise time to opt into a pilot program.

The legislation now returns to the state Senate for a final vote. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)