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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Local School Wellness Policies

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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Local School Wellness Policies

May 18, 2007 -- On Thursday, May 10, 2007, the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee held a hearing on “Using Local School Wellness Plans to Help Fight Childhood Obesity.”  The committee heard testimony from seven witnesses, including:

  • Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Cailf.)
  • Chevy Chase, actor and children’s health activist
  • Dr. James Marks, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Dr. Virginia Stallings, chair of the IOM Nutrition Standards Report Committee
  • Chandler Converse, Georgia high school student
  • Nora Howley, Action for Healthy Kids
  • Phil Lawler, PE4Life

The overall tone of the hearing was very positive for school nutrition programs. In her opening statement, subcommittee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) noted that “childhood obesity is a multi-faceted problem, and the solution cannot come from a single change in a child’s life.”

All members of the witness panel testified that local wellness policies play an important role in promoting good nutrition and physical activity among all students.  Several panelists argued that legislation, such as the Harkin and Woolsey bills are necessary to regulate competitive foods that compete directly with the school meal programs.  An overarching theme was that parent support and involvement is vital in helping children develop healthy eating and exercise habits for life.  There was also a strong call for additional funding and resources to implement these programs. SNA submitted a statement to be included in the hearing record. To access the SNA statement and the witness testimony see Related Links.

 


 
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