Support the Child Nutrition Act
Eat Smart, Move More SC joins the American Heart Association in aggressively pushing for action on the federal Child Nutrition Act this year, and members of Congress and the U.S. Senate need to hear from you today! Members will be in their home districts the week of the Memorial Day Holiday, and this is an ideal time for them to be hearing from you “their constituents” on what is important to you.
Your legislators need to hear from you in order to help move this bill forward. In SC, a third of our youth between the ages of 10-17 are overweight or obese. As obesity rates continue to rise, we will see an increased prevalence of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes in our population at an even younger age. Less physical activity in schools and unhealthy food choices in the school environment continue to contribute to this epidemic. Schools should be part of the solution, not the problem.
Please urge Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act THIS YEAR so we can improve school meal nutrition, remove junk food from vending machines and strengthen school wellness policies. Not only will this improve children’s health, but it will help children learn more effectively and become higher academic achievers.
ESMMSC is forwarding a petition created by the American Heart Association asking you to sign and either hand deliver or fax to both of your senator’s district offices and also to your U.S. House member’s district office. Please pass along the petition as you see fit. We welcome all the petitions we can get!