Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 6, 2004
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez
Phone: (512) 463-0127

Sen. Lucio presents Senate Proclamation honoring Student Nutrition/Wellness Plan at Mercedes I.S.D.

AUSTIN, TX--Today Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. presented a Senate Proclamation to the Mercedes Independent School District for gaining national recognition for their Student Nutrition/Wellness Plan at the district's board room.

The Center for Disease Control will feature the Mercedes program, which is being touted as a model for other school districts throughout the state and nation, in their summer publication. In a letter to Sen. Lucio, Assistant Director of MISD Child Nutrition Services and Mercedes School Food Service Association Legislative Chair Donna Fryar, wrote, "We were able to win acceptance from members of our administration and Board of Trustees for our policy due in part to their respect for you and your endeavors."

Sen. Lucio authored Senate Bill 474 that created the Joint Interim Committee on Nutrition and Health in Public Schools, and the Mercedes program is based on the tireless legislative efforts of Sen. Lucio to implement healthier food and beverage choices in public schools.

"I was excited to learn that the district's plan embodies what I've been working for to improve the nutritional and health habits of public school children," said Sen. Lucio. "The Mercedes school district is to be commended for developing a nationally acclaimed program that addresses every facet of nutrition and health for public school children through a sensible approach."

"The Texas Department of Agriculture, the agency that regulates the Child Nutrition Programs in Texas public schools, has issued a Texas Public School Nutrition Policy that all schools will have to follow beginning Aug. 1, 2004," stated Ms. Fryar, a registered dietitian. "Because of the efforts of the Mercedes ISD School Health Advisory Committee that developed our local policy, it will be quite easy for our district to adapt to the state policy. We are a good year ahead of most other districts in the state because our students and staff are already accustomed to practicing a healthy lifestyle at school."

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