Thursday, May 13, 2010

Healthy Schools, healthy children supported locally and nationally

Ward 3 CM Mary Cheh, Council Chairman Vince Gray, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will celebrate the passage of the Healthy Schools Act May 13 at 2:30 pm at Alice Deal Middle School (3815 Fort Dr NW).

The Healthy Schools Act of 2010, which has been described as a landmark, will improve nutrition in schools, mandate physical education, and improve the health and wellness of students in the District’s public school system.   The legislation received unanimous support from the City Council.   More information about the legislation is online.

Funding options for the bill got a huge boost May 12 with the announcement that

A new poll commissioned by the Campaign for Healthy Kids found that 71 percent of likely D.C. voters would support taxation equal to one cent per ounce on sugar-sweetened beverages if the funding was dedicated to support programs that help fight childhood obesity.   The poll also found that 95 percent of likely D.C. voters are concerned about rates of obesity among children in Washington, D.C.

More on the poll is below.

Poll Supports Soda Tax 0510

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