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

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

FITNESS INITIATIVE ADVANCES IN TEXAS SENATE

AUSTIN -- The Senate Committee on Education today unanimously approved SB 530 by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, promoting basic health and exercise among our student population. The bill next moves to the full Senate for consideration.

"We need to get back to the basics of health and nutrition, which has historically been a bedrock of public education. Our youth are at risk of becoming the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. It will happen unless we act quickly to reverse the trend of obesity and inactivity," said Senator Nelson, a former school teacher and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

SB 530 has 23 joint authors and support from a coalition of health advocates, including Kenneth Cooper, M.D, founder of the Cooper Institute in Dallas. As amended, SB 530:

Senator Nelson represents District 12, which includes several communities in Tarrant and Denton counties.

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