Support Healthy Schools and Healthy Communities: Don’t let Big Soda Buy our Council Members’ Votes

Last year, the DC Department of Health found that 43% of students enrolled in our DC public schools were overweight or obese — one of the highest rates in the nation. These students live in a city where over half of the adult population is overweight or obese.  In some neighborhoods, the percentage of overweight or obese adults can be as high as 70%.

On May 4, the DC City Council unanimously passed a groundbreaking piece of legislation called the ‘DC Healthy Schools Act’ to fight this problem. Building off many of the ideas in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, the DC Healthy Schools Act tackles the obesity problem on several fronts.  The school lunch program will be reformed, with enhanced nutritional standards and a strong emphasis on bringing fresh, local fruits and vegetables to schools.  Physical and health education will be increased threefold.  And through a new school garden program, students will have a hands-on nutrition education and be empowered to make healthier eating choices. Continue reading