Definition of Current Health Policy
Issue and Facts: Childhood Obesity.
Key points that support the
purposed policy (With citations)
To amend the Child
Nutrition Act of 1966 to
establish the Healthy
Patricia Clyne, Kathy
Habits School Challenge
Culbertson, Amanda Desai,
Patricia Gonzalez, Angela Program
Hattaway, Alexandra Hilton H.R. 5113
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Policy Proposal Bill H.R Bill 5113
H.R Bill 5113
The purpose of the bill is to amend the Child
Why is this Bill needed? Nutrition Act of 1966 to establish the Healthy
This bill/policy is needed due Habits School Challenge Program to reduce
to the overwhelming statistics childhood obesity by recognizing schools that
related to childhood obesity are creating healthier school environments for
children by promoting good nutrition and
in our nation. Between 1988
physical activity, and for other purposes.
and 1994 childhood obesity
The Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to requires
increased 11 percent (Healthy local educational agencies (LEAs)
People 2010). As of 2008, the participating in the school lunch or What is being done?
rate has increased to 19.5 breakfast programs to establish or expand The bill was introduced on April
percent (CDC, 2010). The a local school wellness policy for their
childhood obesity is rising at schools.
This bill is in the first step in the
an alarming rate and if The new bill directs the Secretary to
legislative process. Introduced
something is not done to bring provide LEAs, school food authorities, and
bills and resolutions first go to
about a drastic change, the states, on request, information and
committees that deliberate,
technical assistance in: (1) establishing
condition of our nation from a investigate, and revise them
healthy school nutrition environments; (2)
medical and financial stand before they go to general debate.
reducing childhood obesity; and (3)
point in the near and distant preventing diet-related chronic diseases. The majority of bills and
future will be astronomical. In It also directs the Secretary to establish resolutions never make it out of
1995 alone, according to the Healthy Habits School Challenge committee.
Healthy People 2010, the program to reduce childhood obesity by On May 27, 2010 the bill was
medical costs related to recognizing schools that are creating referred to the Subcommittee on
obesity were $99 billion. healthier school environments for children Healthy Families and Communities
Obesity is the second leading by promoting good nutrition and physical (GovTrack, 2010).
indicator for Healthy People activity. Sponsor:
Requires the Secretary to contract with the Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper
Institute of Medicine to provide the Co-sponsers:
Obesity has more than tripled
Secretary with recommendations for Eleanor Norton [D-DC]
within the past 30 years updating the nutrition rules for the school Joe Baca [D-CA43]
(CDC, 2010) lunch and breakfast programs (GovTrack, Shelley Berkley [D-NV1]
Diane Watson [D-CA33]