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Proposed Legislation By State Senator From South Coast Tries To Tackle Childhood Obesity

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:18am

A state senator serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has introduced a bill to try to insure kids in child care, and after school programs are eating health foods, and exercising.

Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara introduced SB 464, which requires the serving of fruits and vegetables, bans fried foods, and restricts beverages with added sugars for children in early childhood education programs.

The legislation would also ban television, or computer screen time for preschoolers under two years old.

For after school programs, if it’s a full day program, children would be required to take part in at least an hour of physical activity. TV and computer time would be limited to an hour a day.

Jackson says the legislation is intended to try to take on the growing problem of childhood obesity.

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