Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
News Release
February 26, 2004
Contact: Dave Nelson

AUSTIN -- Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, has been appointed to the Joint Interim Committee on Health in Public Schools, a panel made up of Texas Senate and House members studying issues surrounding health issues facing our youth.

"Learning to take care of our physical health and well being is a fundamental component of education, and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to re-examine the messages we are sending to our young people," said Senator Nelson, Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. "We want our youth to live long, healthy lives, and we have a responsibility to help instill good healthy habits such as staying active, eating a healthy diet and making the right decisions about tobacco, drugs and alcohol."

In 1999, Senator Nelson took the lead in Texas' fight against childhood obesity by authoring Senate Bill 19, which returned physical education to the school day in Texas. Other elected officials have joined in the fight by proposing measures to encourage healthier food in school vending machines and improving the nutritional value of school lunches.

The Joint Interim Committee on Nutrition and Health in Public Schools was created by Senate Bill 474 during the 2003 Legislature. The Committee will study the nutritional content and quality of foods served to public school children, and will evaluate their short-term and long-term effects on obesity and report back to the Legislature in advance of the next legislative session, which begins in January 2005.