FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2010
AUSTIN, TX—Yesterday, members of Texas PTA presented Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. with a certificate naming him to the PTA's Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 81st Legislative Session. Presenting the award was the organization's Executive Director Kyle Ward.
"There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our children," said Sen. Lucio." I am extremely honored to be included in this Legislative Honor Roll. Scientifically, we know that good nutrition is equivalent to good learning--a healthy body learns more. We also need to continue to address obesity in children for their optimal health and longevity, so that they outlive their parents instead of the other way around."
In Oct. 2009, Texas PTA created the Texas Legislative Honor Roll to recognize state officials who support the group's legislative agenda. Criteria for selection include the following:
- An elected or appointed official at the state level
- A strong advocate for children's issues
- A supporter of legislation or actions that benefit children and youth
- A strong commitment to one or more priorities on Texas PTA's legislative agenda
Sen. Lucio was recognized for passing Senate Bill 395 creating the Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council to develop an early childhood nutrition and physical activity plan. Texas PTA has a strong interest in improving nutrition in public schools and addressing the childhood obesity epidemic through education about nutrition, serving more nutritious foods at school and ensuring that children are able to be active for a portion of every school day. Sen. Lucio has taken a step toward examining these issues and developing a plan.
"Texas PTA applauds Sen. Lucio's efforts to improve the health status of all Texas children," said Texas PTA President Sharon Goldblatt," and for recognizing that students' academic progress is directly tied to their physical health."
Individuals recognized for the Texas PTA Honor Roll demonstrate initiative to enhance the quality of life for children and youth and improve their quality of education. They also support strengthening families, improving child safety standards, and lending support to a current Texas PTA legislative priority.
"I appreciate the leadership of the Texas PTA and look forward to working with their leaders and members this coming session on issues that improve and protect the lives and health of Texas children," added Sen. Lucio.
Texas PTA is the largest grassroots organization in Texas with 600,000 members: parents, teachers and others who have a special interest in children, youth, families and schools. Texas PTA is a noncommercial, nonsectarian-nonpartisan organization that does not endorse any candidate or political party. For more information on Texas PTA, visit www.txpta.org or contact the state office at 800-TALK-PTA.