Resolution Urging Health, Nutrition, and Physical Education Exposed
The Resolution Urging Health, Nutrition, and Physical Education was adopted by ALEC's Education Task Force at the States and Nation Policy Summit on December 11, 2003, approved by the full ALEC Board of Directors in January, 2004. ALEC has attempted to distance itself from this piece of legislation after the launch of ALECexposed.org in 2011, but it has done nothing to get it repealed in the states where it previously pushed for it to be made into law.
ALEC Bill Text
Urging schools to provide health, nutrition and physical education that encourages students to develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to adopt and maintain healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles.
WHEREAS, obesity in the children of America is at an epidemic stage and can lead to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer and poor health conditions; and
WHEREAS, Medicare and health care costs are escalating in all states and are significantly impacted by the obesity epidemic; and
WHEREAS, children make food and beverage choices in school settings, including in the school breakfast and lunch programs. The use of vending machines, the purchase of concessions, and after-school programs provide a wide-range of food and beverage choices such as water, fruits, yogurt, juices and sports drinks; and
WHEREAS, offering a wide variety of food and beverage products in schools ensures the availability of nutritional options and promotes a healthy environment; and
WHEREAS, good nutrition and adequate physical activity help children grow, develop, and do well in school; and
WHEREAS, school-based nutrition education and physical activity support healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle; and
WHEREAS, healthy bodies and minds are primary contributors to readiness to learn, to improved school attendance, and to improved performance in sports and other extracurricular activities; and
WHEREAS, America needs to identify long-term strategies to reduce the need for public assistance programs, and to lower health care costs related to chronic diseases and poor health,
BE IT RESOLVED that all schools should provide nutrition and physical activity education that helps students develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to adopt, maintain, and enjoy healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all schools should encourage all children, from prekindergarten through grade 12, to participate in healthy eating habits and daily physical education that helps develop the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence needed to be healthy and physically active for life.
Adopted by the Education Task Force at the States and Nation Policy Summit December 11, 2003.
Approved by the full ALEC Board of Directors January, 2004.