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Nutrition and Health in Public Schools - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee Members
Jaime Capelo
Jodie Laubenberg
Vicki Truitt
Susan Combs
Eduardo Sanchez
Charges
• To the extent that funds are available, the interim committee shall hold hearings throughout the state to:
(1) determine the nutritional content and quality of foods and beverages served to public school children, including food service meals, a la carte foods, and competitive foods and food provided in vending machines;
(2) evaluate the short-term and long-term financial, psychological and physiological impact of obesity in public school children;
(3) assess the academic, emotional, and health value of a universal breakfast and lunch program by evaluating school children from districts that provide each child a free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch; and
(4) evaluate school contracts relating to competitive food products and vending machines, including the following issues related to competitive food products and vending machines:
(A) economic and other impacts of potential conflicts of interest;
(B) the length of contracts;
(C) advertising and marketing of competitive food products;
(D) revenues realized by schools and school districts from the sale of competitive food products;
(E) officials in charge of receiving and disbursing revenue and the accounting of that revenue; and
(F) the extent to which competitive foods impact each school district's food service program.

Note:
Created pursuant to SB 474, 78th Legislature, Regular Session.

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