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Cailfornia - Gov passes school garden bill

  • Subject: [cg] Cailfornia - Gov passes school garden bill
  • From: sacgc@ulink.net
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 4:50:37 GMT

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Promote Healthy Eating Among 
California's Children, Fight Obesity

On "Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children," Governor Arnold 
Schwarzenegger signed legislation to continue encouraging California's
children to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle through healthy eating.  
AB 1535 by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nzqez (D-Los Angeles) continues the
school instructional gardens program through grants and staff support to
develop and maintain instructional gardens at California schools.  

"California's children are too often succumbing to the fight against
obesity and Type 2 diabetes," said Governor Schwarzenegger.  "We need to
take responsibility and teach our children what a healthy lifestyle is
about through promoting healthy eating.  School gardens create
opportunities for children to learn to make healthier food choices and
teach fundamental concepts about nutrition and obesity prevention."

According to the California Department of Health Services, over the last
two decades, the prevalence of overweight children in California has
doubled. Among adolescents, the prevalence has tripled. Currently, more
than one-third of 9- to 11-year-old children and one-fifth of middle and
high school students are overweight or at risk of being overweight.
Eating more fruits and vegetables every day can help reduce the risk of
serious health problems and chronic diseases, including heart disease,
type 2 diabetes and many common cancers.

This bill authorizes a school district, charter school, or county office
of education to apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction under
the Department of Education for a 3-year grant in order to develop and
maintain an instructional garden program.  The bill permits the
Superintendent to award grants during the 2006-07 fiscal year through the 
2008-09 fiscal year.  

The Governor also signed the following bill to promote eating fresh
fruits and vegetables: 

AB 2676 by the Committee on Agriculture continues the issuance of
certificates for certified farmers' markets producers, markets, and the
accompanying fees that pay for enforcement until January 1, 2012 from
January 1, 2007.  The fee extended by this bill is a voluntary one, since 
participation in a certified farmers' market is also voluntary.
Certified farmers' markets provide a means for farmers to sell produce
directly to consumers and are a popular and vital part of local
agricultural marketing.

Earlier this year, Governor Schwarzenegger also signed: 

 AB 2384 by Assemblymember Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) - Healthy Food
Purchase Program 

This bill requires the Department of Health Services to develop a
"Healthy Food Purchase" pilot program to provide incentives to increase
purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables in low-income communities.  It
specifically targets the food stamp population so that they have greater
access to, and consume, foods that are more nutritious.   This bill is
consistent with the Governor's 10 point vision for a Healthy California,
which is an ambitious, forward-reaching guide to challenge all of us -
government, business, community organizations and individuals - to make
California a national model for healthy living.

AB 2226 by Assemblymember Bonnie Garcia (R-Cathedral City) - Diabetes

This bill requires, on or after July 1, 2010, each school district or the 
authority of each public institution to provide an information sheet
regarding Type 2 diabetes, as specified, to the parent or guardian of
incoming 7th grade pupils, and requires the California Department of
Education to develop that information sheet.  Since Type 2 Diabetes among 
children is a relatively new phenomenon, many parents are not familiar
with the disease and may not be aware that their children are at risk.
This bill will bring this important issue to their attention at a
critical stage in their child's development and could help prevent an
at-risk child from developing diabetes.

The Healthy Schools Now Act, signed last year by the Governor, bans the
sale of sugary drinks and junk food at K-12 public schools.  Last year's
budget also included $18 million to get more fruits and vegetables in
school cafeterias.

Governor Schwarzenegger has also increased financial support for schools
who want to improve the availability of healthy foods. The Governor's
current budget includes $37.8 million to increase the quality of food
served in the School Nutrition program and provides $3 million in
one-time funding for School Breakfast Startup grants.  

In addition to healthy eating habits, the Governor has been at the
forefront in encouraging children to increase physical activity.  Under
the Governor's leadership, California adopted the first-ever physical
education standards.  The current budget also includes up to $500 million 
for schools to purchase PE equipment and supplies, as well as $40 million 
in on-going funding to hire new PE instructors.

and dont forget... Community Gardening Week proclamation for the ACGA
conference last august in Los Angeles

Go Arnold !

bill maynard
acga board member - sacramento

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