HB 400 Vote NO for Fat Amendments

Obesity usually begins in childhood. Obese children have an 80-percent chance of staying obese their entire lives. The average lifetime cost of obesity is over half a million dollars for an obese child who remains obese throughout adulthood. In Texas, the numbers are staggering.  Forty-percent of children are either overweight or obese.    

Research undeniably shows that there is a direct correlation between physical fitness and academic achievement.  Further, fit students have fewer problems with absenteeism and behavior problems.    

Support Healthy Texas Children by Voting NO on Amendments that Repeal School-based Fitness Measurements and Coordinated School Health Education  

AS FILED, HB 400 addresses the concerns received from local school officials who’ve complained about the complexity of administering the Fitnessgram assessment to students during the school day.  HB 400 limits the fitness measurement to only students in PE classes.  

Coordinated school health (CSH) is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in our nation’s schools.  CSH is a systemic approach of advancing student academic performance by promoting, practicing and coordinating school health education and services for the benefit and well-being of students. 

Schools have direct contact with more than 95 percent of our state’s young people aged 5–17 years, for about 6 hours a day, and for up to 13 critical years of their social, psychological, physical, and intellectual development. Therefore, after the family, schools are the primary institution supporting the development of young people in Texas.

In 2009 school health was removed as a requirement for high school graduation and the total PE time required was decreased.  Some districts don’t promote recess and others use the unstructured play time as punishment for students’ behavior or for academic remediation Individually, these policies may have little impact but in tandem with proposed budget cuts, they will have a detrimental effect on the health status of Texas school children.  We can’t expect academic achievement from children when we don’t provide them the appropriate access to physical activity and education necessary to keep them active and fit.  

Please Stand and Preserve the Health of Texas’ Future: Our Children  

Our Mission: To develop and promote policies that prevent and reduce obesity in Texas.  

Our Guiding Principles:  

  • Encourage collaboration among all interested parties in reducing obesity
  • Inform policy makers about the consequences of the disease
  • Promote evidence-based strategies at multiple levels: individual, family, community and policy levels
  • Serve as a resource for people interested in addressing obesity prevention and treatment  

Who We Are:

AARP

Texas Association of Local Health Officials

   

American Association of Family and Consumer
Sciences - Texas Affiliate

Texas Association for School Nutrition

   

American Cancer Society

Texas Bicycle Coalition

   

American Diabetes Association

Texans Care for Children

   

American Heart Association

Texas Diabetes Program/Council

   
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Texas Dietetic Association

   

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

Texas Health Institute

   

Center for Public Policy Priorities

Texas IMPACT

   

Child, Inc.

Texas Medical Association

   

Children at Risk

Texas Oral Health Coalition

   

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas

Texas Orthopaedic Association

   

Children’s Medical Center Dallas

Texas Pediatric Society

   

The Cooper Institute

 Texas PTA

   

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central
Texas

Texas School Health Association

   

East Texas AHEC

Texas School Nurses Organization
   

Harris County Public Health and
Environmental Services

Trans Texas Alliance

   

Healthy Families San AngeloHumana Inc.

University Interscholastic League

   

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South
Texas

University of North Texas Health Science
 Center

   

National Council of Jewish Women

University of Texas at Austin

   

National Federation of Independent
Business

Advisors:

   

National Wildlife Federation

Comptroller of Public Accounts

   

Parkland Health and Hospital System

Senate Committee on Health & Human
 Services
   

Real Food Alliance

Texas AgriLife Extension Service, TAMUS

  

   

Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Temple Texas Department of Agriculture
   

Secondary and Elementary Administrators for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Texas Department of State Health Services

   

Sustainable Food Center

Texas Department of Transportation

   

Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health

Texas Education Agency

   

Texas Academy of Family Physicians

Texas Health and Human ServicesCommission

   

Texas Action for Healthy Kids

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

   
Texas Association for Health, Physical
  Education, Recreation and Dance

University of Texas School of Public Health

   
Texas Association of Health Plans

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

For More Information: www.PartnershipForAHealthyTexas.org

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