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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2005
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

STUDENT HEALTH INITIATIVE ADVANCES IN TEXAS SENATE

AUSTIN -- The Senate Committee on Health & Human Services today approved Senate Bill 42 filed by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, in response to the escalating problem of overweight children and the diseases associated with obesity. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

"Historically, our schools have always played a role in the basic health of students by ensuring that they exercise, eat nutritious food and learn how to take care of bodies. In order for us to put children on the path to success, it is also important that we put them on the path to good health. That is the goal of this legislation," Senator Nelson said.

More than a third of Texas school-aged children are overweight or obese, and 1 million children have developed cardiovascular problems related to obesity. Obesity-related illnesses cost $10.5 billion in medical care costs in 2001 in Texas. SB 42 builds on a law authored by Senator Nelson in 2001 requiring physical activity in elementary schools and:

Senator Jane Nelson, represents District 12, which includes parts of Tarrant and Denton counties.

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