Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 1, 2008
Sen. Ron Justice
Measure to Address
Youth Obesity Heads to Governor's Desk
A bill to get communities more involved in the fight against youth
obesity was approved Thursday by the Senate. Senate Bill 1612, by
Chickasha Republicans Sen. Ron
Justice and Rep. Susan Winchester, now goes to the Governor
for his approval.
"This is an exciting opportunity for businesses, churches,
families and others within our communities to mentor to Oklahoma's
children and help them academically while at the same time teaching
them about exercise, nutrition and choosing healthy lifestyles,"
said Justice. "Our schools have done so much in recent years
to help ensure that our children get more physical activity and
nutritious lunches, now it's time for the rest of us to step up
and do our part to address this growing health crisis in our state."
SB 1612 creates the Quality Afterschool Opportunities Act to Reduce
Childhood Obesity and Improve Academic Performance. Under the program,
the Department of Health would be responsible for awarding grants
to comprehensive, community-based afterschool programs that include
evidence-based obesity reduction components. Various community partners
could include child care providers, community- and faith-based organizations,
health care professionals, civic leaders and others. These partners
would be in involved in the program on a voluntary basis.
"Creating organized programs to help our kids get active
and learn will support their growth as strong individuals. This
bill will assist these programs and ultimately build better communities,"
If signed by the Governor, the new law would go into effect November
For more information contact:
Senator Justice's Office: (405) 521-5537