Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

DATE: February 27, 2004
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Deuell Appointed to Committee on Health and Public Schools

AUSTIN -- State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) has been appointed by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to serve on the Joint Interim Committee on Health and Public Schools. Deuell joins Sen. Eddie Lucio and Sen. Jane Nelson in representing the Texas Senate on the committee.

The committee was created by Senate Bill 474 during the 78th Legislative Regular Session. Committee members will study the nutritional content and quality of foods served to public school children, and will evaluate their short-term and long-term effects on obesity.

Deuell, a practicing family physician in Greenville, said he is honored by the appointment and looks forward to working with his colleagues on this issue.

"As a family physician, I know that prevention works better than cures," Deuell said. "We need to explore ways to prevent problems like diabetes and heart disease, and a good place to start is examining the nutrition our kids are getting."

Deuell, who serves on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said the state could see future economic benefit by taking pro-active action now.

"I know that the state has seen some tight financial times lately, but I believe any money we invest in the health of our kids we will get back exponentially in the coming years," Deuell said. "Treating heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases is very expensive. If we can prevent these illnesses, we can save a lot of money as a state. We are talking about the health of Texans who be alive 60 or 70 years from now."

"I look forward to working with Sen. Lucio and Sen. Nelson to find ways to study the nutritional content and quality of foods served to public school children and curb the growing problem of childhood obesity."