Resolution on the Prevention of Childhood Obesity

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All Resolutions Passed at 2008 Spring Meeting

WHEREAS, childhood obesity is a growing concern for states due to increased health care costs and reduced academic achievement for students who are obese or overweight;

WHEREAS, in the past two decades, the prevalence of overweight has more than doubled for American children and tripled among adolescents;

WHEREAS, more than one third of all children and adolescents in the U.S., nearly 25 million, are either obese or overweight;

WHEREAS, obesity among children may be associated with depression, anxiety and more frequent absences from school, which could pose a threat to the strength of a state’s future work force;

WHEREAS, chronic health conditions typically associated with adults, such as diabetes and heart disease, are increasing among the nation’s youth;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports and encourages states to enforce existing U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations that prohibit serving foods of minimal nutritional value during mealtimes in school food service areas, including vending machines.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports and encourages school officials and local growers to work together to promote access to fresh fruits and vegetables in schools.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports and encourages states to ensure that all children and youth participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports and encourages states to offer more chances for physical activity after the school day, such as by offering more intramural sports, physical activity clubs or by allowing after-school access of school facilities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports and encourages states to establish Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHP) statewide. CSHPs integrate eight components that can have a strong influence on student health, including:
• Health education;
• Physical education;
• Health services;
• Nutrition services;
• Counseling, psychological and social services;
• Healthy school environments;
• Promoting healthy lifestyles for staff; and
• Family and community involvement.

Adopted this 31st Day of May, 2008 at the CSG 75th Anniversary Celebration
in Lexington, Kentucky.