Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 26, 2011
Contact: Janet Elliott (512) 463-0112

Senate Passes Bill to Recognize Schools for Boosting Student Health

AUSTIN — The Senate today passed SB 224, legislation authored by Senator Jane Nelson to recognize schools for achievements in student health and wellness. The bill now goes to the House.

"Many schools have gone above and beyond to improve the health and wellness of their students. This will create a no-cost way to recognize those who have excelled in fostering a healthy environment for students," said Senator Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

Senate Bill 224 directs the Texas Education Agency to develop a tiered program to recognize schools for encouraging healthy lifestyles through physical activity, Fitnessgram assessments, coordinated health programs and involvement of local School Health Advisory Councils. It requires that any resources needed to operate the program come from grants, gifts and donations.

Texas has the 7th highest percentage of obese and overweight children ages 10 to 17 in the country.

Senator Nelson has passed legislation in the past requiring schools to implement stricter physical activity, nutrition and student fitness requirements.

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.

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