Minot Cleveland, MD, is Medical Director for Employee Health at Legacy Health. Dr. Cleveland is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Portland, OR and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Indiana U, School of Medicine medical school in 1979.
In 2017, The American Heart Association honored Dr. Cleveland with its Advocacy Appreciation Award. The award recognizes exceptional grassroots advocacy achievement, specifically Dr. Cleveland’s long-term efforts to advocate for physical education in schools. The award noted that Dr. Cleveland was “instrumental in the passage of the 2007 Oregon legislation hat outlined the importance of the right “dose” of PE in our Oregon schools.
The premise of the legislation is that physical education boosts academic performance for kids as well as improving their overall health. The original legislation was passed with a 10-year grace period for implementation. In 2016, with less than one year before the bill went into effect, schools were found to provide less physical education than they were pre-legislation. In 2016-2017 alone, Dr. Cleveland dedicated nearly 100 volunteer hours working with the education lobby and Senate President Peter Courtney’s staff. The result: by 2020 elementary schools must provide 150 minutes of physical education per week; by 2022, middle schools must provide 225 minutes.