DC Healthy Schools Act

On Friday, March 26th  the DC Council listened to testimony from various concerned citizens and experts from the community on the DC Healthy Schools Act.  This bill represents a wonderful first step in improving the health of DC’s children and the role that schools play in the sustainability of our communities.   While the bill’s main focus is on nutrition and physical activity, the sustainability language is compelling.  See Washington Post article:

Councilman Catania made his opening statement, championing the advancement that DC has made in the health of children and putting his support squarely behind this bill designed improve the situation in DC’s schools even more.  He started by saying that in the last 5 years, DC had cut the number of uninsured children in half and that the present number of uninsured children is one of the lowest in the nation.  Additionally, the number of school with nurses has increased from 37% to 99% of DC public schools having full time nurses on campus.  As a former teacher in an urban school who never saw a nurse in my school, I can say that this is a major accomplishment.  He also laid out the bare numbers that DC must hurdle with regards to childhood obesity.  According to Catania, 43% of students are overweight and 26% are obese in the district.   Read More >