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Georgia students will have annual fitness tests

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The governor signed a bill into law that aims to combat childhood obesity, requiring all school systems to conduct annual fitness assessment programs for students starting in the fall of 2011.

Dougherty School system athletic director Johnny Seabrooks says he thinks the tests may lead more students to school sports. 

"A lot of times, students think that they are not physically fit to participate in extracurricular activities and athletics, but this will give us parameters where hopefully, this test will show they are fit and they might in turn decide they want to participate in athletics," said Dougherty County Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks.

Students won't be punished if they fail to live up to the district standards.

But supporters say the plan will help identify and reward students who meet new fitness benchmarks.

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