The Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force report has been reviewed by the Governor and sent to the Legislature. The final report can be accessed at http://co.doh.hawaii.gov/sites/LegRpt/2013/Reports/1/ACT%20269.pdf
As the session proceeds, we will continue to update you on bills and resolutions that are based on the policy recommendations of the obesity prevention task force. Two bills and six resolutions have been introduced.
Sugar Sweetened Beverage Legislation:
Early Childhood Wellness Guidelines:
HCR19 & SCR14 – Breastfeeding
HCR20 & SCR15 – Nutrition Guidelines
HCR21 & SCR16 – Electronic Records
HCR22 & SCR17 – Land Use and Transportation Planning
HCR23 & SCR18 – Obesity Prevention Reimbursement
HCR24 & SCR19 – Physical Education Study
Below is a link forwarded by Josh Green, which provides a portrayal of the effects of sugar sweetened beverages.
How you can help:
Please consider contacting your Senator to express your concerns about health and the development of chronic disease. We need everyone's help. A phone call, email, or fax would be great. It doesn't have to be long.
Who to contact:
Below is a list of the extremely important members of the Senate Judicial/Labor Committee.
Kaneohe to Kunia
Senator Clayton Hee - Senator
Chair, Senate Judicial/Labor Committee
Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Vice Chair, Senate Judicial/Labor Committee
Kapolei, Makakilo, Portions of Ewa, Kalaeloa and Waipahu
Senator Mike Gabbard, Senate Judicial/Labor Committee
Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Palolo, St. Louis Heights, Maunalani Heights, Moiliili, Ala Wai
Senator Les Ihara, Jr, Senate Judicial/Labor Committee
Kapahulu, Kalihi to some of Aiea/Halawa
Senator Donna Mercado Kim (Senate President)
Please also contact your Health Committee members to be sure they are completely onboard.
Liliha, Palama, Iwilei, Kalihi, Nu‘uanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Downtown
Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades
Senator Clarence Nishihara