Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Waging War on Texas' Childhood Obesity Epidemic

We’ve all heard that children need the 3Rs to get a well-rounded education. But I’d like to propose a new concept to Texans so that we can have healthy and happy children: The 3E's for Healthy Living - Education, Exercise and Eating Right.

I am doing a live interview on Internet radio show The Dad Show tonight at 6:15 p.m. to talk about Texas’ war with the deadly obesity epidemic.

Taxpayers are footing the bill for poor eating choices and we must change the trend. I would like schools and parents to adopt the three-pronged approach to battle obesity among Texas youth.

This call to action becomes even more critical in light of results from a state-approved fitness assessment of more than 2 million Texas students. The study reveals student physical fitness levels declines as they progress to the next grade level.

I have toured the state encouraging schools to adopt the 3Es. Since the implementation of the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy, several Texas schools have already been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for outstanding nutrition and healthy breakfast/lunch options.

School are making progress by improving the nutritional value of school meals and enhancing overall child health, but we are losing our children after the school day is done. Texas must adopt a more comprehensive approach that results in overall healthier lifestyles and healthier students.

I look forward to working with the Legislature to make the 3Es as recognizable to students as the 3Rs were to previous generations.

Results of the fitness assessment can found on the TEA Web site.

Watch my interview on the Dad Show

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