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State Senator From South Coast Introduces Bill Targeting Childhood Obesity

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 10:37am

A state senator on the South Coast has introduced legislation targeting childhood obesity.

The bill by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would establish an after school program which would set  standards for physical activity, provide participating kids with healthy snacks, like fruits and vegetables, and ban fried food, candy, and beverages with added sugars.   SB 949 would also limit television, or computer screen time, while requiring at least 30 minutes of physical activity for participating kids a day.

The legislation would apply to the more than 4400 publicly funded after school programs in California, which serve more than 1.5 million children.

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