D.C. Council to vote for bill that tackles childhood obesity
May 3, 2010
by Dionne Calhoun
In an effort to combat the childhood obesity epidemic in the District of Columbia, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh co-introduced the Healthy Schools Act, a bill to improve the quality of school meals by adopting nutritional standards from the USDA and the Institute of Medicine for students attending District of Columbia public schools (DCPS) and D.C. public charter schools. The bill also aims to increase physical activity among students in schools and afterschool programs. The council unanimously approved the bill on April 20 and a final vote on the bill is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4.
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